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Title: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: ian on March 23, 2005, 01:49:26 pm
Just because I am interested in knowing y'all a bit better, I think a topic should be made descibing you all and your personal views on politics.  I like the way Sen. WMS has linked his personal views to his signature, and I found his comments very interesting.  So, that's what I'm planning on doing with this post; you should, too.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: ian on March 23, 2005, 02:20:30 pm
I am a total social libertarian, with the exception that I am pro-life, oppose hate crime legislation, pro-censorship, anti-drug, anti-prostitution, and I don't support any extreme issues, albeit the separation of church and state, where most would consider me to be very extreme (ie taking "under God" out of the pledge of allegiance, "in God we trust" out of money", and the 10 Commandments off of governmentally-run buildings.)

Economically, however, I am much more complicated.  I am an economic moderate/liberal.  On the liberal side, I oppose the modern privization attempts by Republicans, mostly oppose welfare reform (because I feel that it is my job as a human being to help a person live, even if he will not help him/herself), support labor unions, support agricultural subsidies, am pro-environment, strongly in support of affirmative action, oppose tort reform, and oppose school vouchers.  However, my Conservative economic views are these:  I oppose progressive taxation, support a flatter, more fair tax system, I am a deficit hawk, support tax cuts for all, especially the wealthy, and would have supported Bush's tax cuts had the deficit not been so astronomical; I oppose special interest groups getting funding from the government (NASA, I'm talkin' to you!), oppose the pessimistic comments made by the majority of the Democratic party criminalizing the rich, support school choice in a non-voucher system, support the rights of businesses over ethics, oppose big spending in general, oppose efforts to encourage immigration or lessen the amount of years it takes to immigrate, and support protectionism in trade with other countries.  And I have no official opinion on free/fair trade, embargos on China and Cuba, and health care, among several other economic issues I cannot remember at the moment.

And, foreign policy-wise, I'm a dove.  (Although I don't support UN approval to go to war).  Expanding on this, I don't believe that one can go to war with a non-existing country, such as "Terrorism," but military intervention into terrorist networks is advisable.  Oppose Iraq.  As far as Israel and Palestine go, I support offering military aid to Israel if other nations declare war on them for being the only official Jewish nation.  I also believe that Israel treats Palestine unfairly, and Palestinians have just as much a right to live in that country as the Jewish people; it is, after all, both of our holy lands, and I would suggest a separation of church and state to ease tensions in Israel.

So those are my positions on the issues.  Let's hear some of you.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Cashcow on March 23, 2005, 03:02:13 pm
I share the logic and viewpoints of a moderate, but I almost have the mind of a liberal. Economically and socially libertarian but not too far from center either way. Do you want us to type up our feelings on lots of subjects? Why don't you pick out a few?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: TeePee4Prez on March 23, 2005, 03:02:37 pm
Socially:  Complete civil libertarian a la Russ Feingold.  Separation of church and state, pro-choice (except 3rd trimester in which case life, rape and health only), strongly opposed to new FCC regulations, favor gay marriage, opposed to the death penalty.  However, being a Philadelphian that knows a lot of cops, Mumia is not a political prisoner and deserves life in prison throw away the key.

Economics:  Generally moderate-left.  Pro-union, favor a progressive tax structure, opposed to maximum capital gains taxes, opposed to privatization of SS, opposed to tort reform.  Trade is a iffy issue for me however.  Based on what I learned in economics, I realize it's beneficial.  In reality, it has proven anything but in some cases, but in some it has worked out very well such as trade with Canada, Sweden, France, Britain, Germany, Japan, and Singapore, etc.  Basically I don't mind helping out a poor country, but at the same time they should try to plut in place labor and environmental stances.  Universal health care is another iffy issue as well.  Our current system with drug prices is HORRIBLE policy and Canada has a better policy here.  I believe in compettition, but at the same time the health industry lobbyists are raking in excessive profits.  I would be in favor of a hybrid system where a portion of one's paycheck is taken out, such as SSI for a choice between basic health plans with an option for extra insurance (prescription drug/vision,dental, etc.) out of one's own pocket which of course would be discretionary.  I could go on for hours about this, but this is basic.  I lean conservative on issues such as welfare reform, Section 8 housing, and affirmative action.  I liked a lot of Clinton's ideas on welfare reform.  There are people who don't work for a living and smoke crack on my tax dollars and also get Section 8 vouchers to live in a decent neighborhood next to paying customers.  Not saying it should be eliminated, but overhauled.  Affirmative action is a tough issue as well because there is some "country club nepotism" among wealthy white males who could be underqualified, BUT I dislike AA because it ignores poor, working class white males who didn't exactly come off the Mayflower (my case an Irish coffin ship).  There is also the fact that white males are held to a ridiculously higher standard when applying for some jobs.  Example, the Philadelphia Police/Fire.  Blacks get 20 POINTS EXTRA on their evaluation just for being black.  Now in that case, the Irish-Italian males have a monopoly on those jobs and can show some nepotism there, but what's fair is fair.  Should be based on scores and aptitude, not nepotism or race.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: nini2287 on March 23, 2005, 03:40:30 pm
Socially, I'm conservative on some issues and liberal on others.  I believe abortion should only be legal to save the mother's life.  However, I do support stem cell research so long as it's done responsibly.  I generally support the Patriot Act (although we need to look at specific abuses).  I favor funding of religous charities, so long as it's not shoving Jesus down the throats of those using the services.  I also believe gun control is a state issue (or even a local issue in some states with extensive hunting and crime filled cities, Michigan or Pennsylvania for example).  I also believe in moderate controls on network television and in libraries.  On the other side, I strongly support gay marraige, I am vehemently against the death penalty  and strongly oppose school prayer/displaying of religious icons in public places (Ten Commandments on courthouses).

Economically, I'm more liberal.  I believe in a progressive tax system, and would like to see it become slightly more progressive.  I don't believe we should raise corporate taxes per se, but better enforce tax evading businesses and put limits on deductions.  I oppose affirmative action in the workplace, but slightly support it for college admissions.   I favor a law increasing minimum wage at a constant rate every year.  I think our health care system should be similar to France's in which everyone is given either public or private coverage.  I also am in support of tort reform.  I favor increasing the cap on payroll taxes for social security but we should continue to look at ways to improve the system.  I'm very liberal when it comes to the environment and ANWR drilling.  I also believe we should increase military funding and veteran's benefits.  I am opposed to school vouchers as they take money away from public schools that need it to the most.  I also oppose NCLB  I believe we should keep legal immigration as is an toughen border controls for illegal immigrants because of drug and terrorist concerns.

From a foreign policy standpoint, I strongly disagree with the War in Iraq.  I think we should have waited until the weapons inspectors had finished their job and until we could garner more international support (although in case of emergency, I believe in war without UN support).  However, I do support staying in Iraq as long as necesary to ensure a smooth transition.  I feel this war has hindered America's efforts in rebuilding Afghanistan and taken the focus of more immenent threats such as North Korea and Iran,  as well as humanitarian crises in Rwanda and Sudan.  Although I am Jewish, I don't like either Israel or Palestine and I believe that peace in the region should be a main focus of our foreign policy.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Jake on March 23, 2005, 03:55:51 pm
Hmm, good question

Socially, I'd describe my self as very conservative.  I oppose the legalization of hard drugs, though I could support marijuana legalization if the government controlled the sale of it, and if exorbitant taxes were put on it.  On abortion, I oppose all abortion, for any reason.  If a mother would hold her own life as more important than the child's she deserves to die.  I also support ex post facto death penalty for abortionists.  I support civil unions for all couples, and I believe that they should receive all benefits of marriage except adoption rights.  No child should have to have two gay parents.  On the death penalty, I support tougher standards for evidence. Scott Peterson should not be put on death row based on circumstancial evidence, neither should anyone else.  I do favor the introduction of more painful ways of death.  The present system of poisoning them while they are asleep is pitiful.  Babies are slaughtered by riping pieces of their bodies off, so should those on death row.

Economically, I favor massive reforms in the education system.  I'd give schools the right to permenantly expel repeatedly misbehaving children from the public school system. I also support vouchers for every student.  Vouchers bring competition to education, and competition is always the best way to make things better.  I favor privitisation of all federal and state owned services.  Amtrak, power systems, public transportation.  Once again competition makes things better. On social security, I favor eliminating the system all together.  Eliminate payroll taxes, and let people do whatever they want with the money they get back.  The poor already have welfare.  I favor a reducation in taxes for those making under 250,000 a year back to a maximum of 25%.  I still am undecided as to a flat tax.  For those making over 250,000, their rate will rise to 40%.  All capital gains taxes will be eliminated to make up for the income tax raise.

Foreign policy wise, I'm a hawk.  I believe in the complete independence of our military from international obligations.  I favor a strong military policy that shows the world that America is ready and willing to engage terrorists, rogue states, and those that threaten our allies.  I favor responding to any North Korea attack my immediately nuking the North Korean infrastructure, cities, towns, supply dumps, ports, etc.  


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: WalterMitty on March 23, 2005, 05:37:11 pm
social issues:  fairly liberal.  support legal abortions, support gay marriage, support affirmative action, support gun control, oppose the death penalty.

economics:  i support the free market and free trade.  period. 

foreign policy:  fairly hawkish.  pro-israel.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: A18 on March 23, 2005, 05:38:37 pm
economics:  i support the free market and free trade.  period. 

Then why were you complaining about a flat tax about a week ago?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: WalterMitty on March 23, 2005, 05:40:50 pm
economics:  i support the free market and free trade.  period. 

Then why were you complaining about a flat tax about a week ago?

the flat tax and flat tax proponents go out of their way to be cruel to those less fortunate.

the system is cruel enough as it is, not that i lose any sleep over poor people (and im not going to pretend otherwise), but no use rubbing salt in the wounds.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: A18 on March 23, 2005, 05:43:08 pm
It's about fairness. If everyone has a stake in lower taxes, the free market benefits. No 'tax the rich' schemes.

Anyway, that plan actually exempted a generous amount of money.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: WalterMitty on March 23, 2005, 05:45:39 pm
It's about fairness. If everyone has a stake in lower taxes, the free market benefits. No 'tax the rich' schemes.

Anyway, that plan actually exempted a generous amount of money.

well i do believe in a graduated income tax.  the rich should pay more than those of lower classes.

however, many, if not most liberals, want to punish the rich with ridiculous tax rates.  i find that pretty repulsive.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: phk on March 23, 2005, 05:46:23 pm
I'm a Marxist-Leninist activist for revolutionary intercommunalism. I'm also an avid student of economics and philosophy. I love history. I read all the time. I live in the ghetto.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: A18 on March 23, 2005, 05:47:04 pm
The rich pay more than those in lower classes under the flat tax.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: A18 on March 23, 2005, 05:54:32 pm
Social: I'm a libertarian. I believe the government should stay out of issues of morality unless it is a matter of negatively impacting others. On abortion, I am pro-life, although I hate those who go around calling pro-choice people "murderers." This is not productive to me.

Economic: Left-leaning libertarian. I believe the government should stay out of business issues unless they are directly and negatively impacting people in a significant way. The government should focus less on quotas, and more on prosecuting bad companies. Good corporate citizenship should be rewarded with tax breaks and logos usable for advertising. I believe taxes are necessary to allow the government to function, although they should be relatively low. Welfare should only be for those who truly need it.

Foreign Policy: Think before you jump and, if you jump, be honest about it. This is a primary reason why I disagree with the Bush administration - an important part of foreign policy is being honest about when you screw up and how you will correct it. The ends should not justify the means.

I never knew you were a libertarian! Welcome to the club; you should join the Republican Party.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: PBrunsel on March 23, 2005, 07:21:35 pm
I'm a Social and Economic Conservative. I am 100 percent pro-life [including the Death Penalty and euthenasia]. I oppose gay marriage and judicial activism. I believe that a government that governs least governs best.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: John Dibble on March 23, 2005, 07:37:26 pm
Social and economic libertarian. I believe that most government services and laws should be provided at the state or local level, as they are easier to reform or get rid of them as is necessary, plus one size fits all federal programs tend to do poorly. Leave people be and keep taxes low.

Foreign Policy: For the most part, leave other nations to their own affairs. Trade with pretty much anyone to ensure peace. Only attack other nations when attacked or when they make unprovoked, conquest based attacks on other nations - if they don't respect the sovereign borders of their neighbors, they won't respect ours if they ever become strong enough to take us.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Brandon H on March 23, 2005, 08:09:48 pm
I am a paleo-conservative Christian who believes in indivdual responsibilty and making corporations play by the same rules as everyone else with a "realist" foreign policy.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: WMS on March 23, 2005, 09:11:55 pm
I appear to have sparked a modest trend. :o

The different flavors of moderation are very interesting...

...and don't forget: for the full effect, put a link to your post in your signature. ;)


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Max Power on March 23, 2005, 10:15:40 pm
Social Issues: Very liberal, although political compass says I'm moderate. I am 100% Pro-Choice. I am against seperate but equal ideas, so I support SSM.

Economic Issues: I am moderate-to-conservative here. The spending is insane in our government, and we don't know where it's going. I support low taxes, but not everybody's taxes can be low with a debt this colossal. I support free trade 100%.

Military Issues: "Speak softly and carry a big stick, you will go far"- T.R. That explains my beliefs here. An unstoppable military and a strong diplomacy. I support the war in Afghanistan. The war in Iraq was flawed when concieved, but the results (as in voting) are fantastic, so I now believe it was worth it. I never thought it would turn out this way.

Social Security- I am against privatization, but I believe you should be allowed to add extra money to your account, but keep a minimum %.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Sam Spade on March 23, 2005, 10:37:13 pm
Hmmm...  I'm bound to forget my beliefs on some things, but here it is:

Social:  I am against abortion, except in rape or incest or endangerment of the mother's life.  I am fundamentally against gay marriage, civil unions, hate crimes and all this other garbage.  My caveat here is that I believe that all of this should be left up to the states.  The federal govt., the courts, etc. should stay out of these two issues.   This means overturning Roe v. Wade, Lawrence v. Texas, etc.  DOMA is still the best solution for the gay marriage issue, though I fear it will be overturned someday.  Only (and I repeat only) in that situation will I support a constitutional amendment.

I am anti-euthanasia (and I believe the Constitution strictly outlaws it), but am pro-death penalty for serious crimes; though my position on that has gone to the left over the years to me, there are just some crimes that do deserve the death penalty, sad to say.  This whole Terri Schiavo thing does make me re-think that, because this innocent woman is receiving a much more horrible death than any death row criminal.

I am actually in support of school prayer (which might surprise some people), but this is should be a state issue.  I oppose affirmative action, but this is also a local issue for me.  I am pro-marijuana legalization and drug legalization in general, but once again it should be left up to the states.  I think the drinking age should be lowered to 18.  I think the anti-smoking advocates are far too powerful and that we shouldn't be outlawing smoking in public places.

I am in favor of vouchers.  Prostitution should be illegal, gambling should not. (both state issues, imo)  I oppose Internet filtering in schools and public libraries.  I oppose prescription drug importation from Canada.

Economic:  I support strong spending cuts and putting those towards eliminating the federal budget deficit and debt.  Chief of those programs to eliminate to me are Medicaid and the prescription drug plan for Medicare, as pointless socialism.  The health care funding issue is in many ways a more pressing issue than Social Security and the continued intereference of government in these things and the power of malpractice lawyers will continue to drive prices up ridiculously.

I do not support tax cuts at this time (except maybe some targeted ones), nor do I support tax raises, except if a separate higher tax bracket were created for those who make over $1,000,000 a year.  This would keep nearly all small business owners out of the higher tax brackets, which a raise for simply the higher tax bracket wouldn't.

Tax simplification, at a revenue-neutral basis, would be a very good thing in the long haul.  I would support a flat tax, but I don't think it is feasible in the present-day US.  Tax simplifcation might be.

I am for trying to eliminate corporate loopholes, though I recognize eliminating them may create new ones.  I continue to support the welfare reform that Clinton signed at present.

I am anti-Balanced Budget amendment, anti-term limits and pro-Line-item veto.

I am for a total privatization in certain government programs, like Amtrak, postal service, etc.

Foreign Policy:  Fundamentally, I am a old-school realist, but I realize that the War on Terror has changed a lot of our prior assumptions.  This is one of the reasons why I supported Bush, though I despise his domestic policy.  For that, I did and do still support our actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I certainly do think that at some point soon our troops will have to come home.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Horus on March 23, 2005, 10:40:00 pm
Social Issues: Against partial-birth abortion, but other than that support a woman's right to choose. Pro Same-Sex Marriage. Against Affirmative Action in any way shape or form, it is nothing but reverse racism. 100% organized school prayer, the though pledge thing was a bit much. I think Marijuana should be legalized and taxed. If people want to be stupid, they have a right to be. Drinking age should be lowered. Prostitution should be legal in certain places, though they should be kept away from schools. I believe all child molesters should be kept in an isolation cell for the rest of their lives. I personally oppose internet filtering, but believe it should be left up the schools. Homeschooling annoys me and I think it really hurts kids, but if the parent and child both wish to do it, it isn't my business.

Economics: Pro free-trade. I have no real problem with partial privatization of social security so long as it is done slowly and carefully. I support universal healthcare as well, but that is probably my only liberal economic position. Not much else really, I don't care about economic issues as much as most people.  

Foreign Policy: I believe the Iraq war was a mistake. Usually, it depends on the situation.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: bullmoose88 on March 23, 2005, 10:44:47 pm
Social: Raging Social Liberal (Save Abortion...I'm marginally prolife). One should be able to do whatever he or she likes, unless it has a direct negative impact on someone else. The state better have a compelling interest before it even considers some sort of social regulation.

Fiscal: Center Right. In favor of a progressive tax system thats fair, but also for lowering the tax burden on as many people as possible. For a social safety net, but to a smaller degree than currently in place. For empowerment...giving people the tools to do the job, rather than doing the job for them.



Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: nclib on March 23, 2005, 10:48:26 pm
Social: Very liberal. Completely pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, anti-censorship, anti-death penalty. Support separation of church and state.

Economic: Very liberal. Increase taxes on the rich and create a greater safety net for the poor.

Foreign: Against virtually all wars. Oppose draft and selective service. Liberalize immigration policy.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Max Power on March 23, 2005, 10:58:17 pm
Against Affirmative Action in any way shape or form, it is nothing but reverse racism.
Not to attack your opinion, but what about hiring more women? I have met many women who say they missed out on a job because they are a woman.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Horus on March 23, 2005, 11:08:31 pm
You see, than in that case, the company would have been choosing a man because he was a man Therefore whoever it was, was putting put men over women. Sex shouldn't come into it at all. If the man is more fit for the job than the woman, the man should be hired and vice versa. Companies shouldn't make their decisions on the person's race or sexuality (whether it be favoring men or women), they should make them on the person's abilites to to their job.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: nick on March 23, 2005, 11:18:26 pm
Social: 
-Pro-choice durring the first trimester only.  After that you lose your option to choose.
-Support individual prayer in school.  Support some christian teachings in public schools.
-Support the public school system.  Do not support vouchers
-Immigration:  I support the placement of a division of the National Guard on the southern border.  If you go through the system system and file the proper paperwork you will be rewarded with U.S. citzenship.  If not, you will be sent back, immediatley.
-Gun-Control:  Support some gun controll, but we are taking it to far.  Responsible citizens should be able to bare arms without the gov't giving them a hard time and breathing down their neck.
-Crime:  This country is too lenient on vicious criminals and too strict on people who commit petty crimes. 
-Death Penatly:  Support, but only w/ DNA evidence.
-Against Gay marriage, but I do support the idea of civil unions for the most part.

Economic:
-Budget Hawk.  I undestand that running a deficit can sometimes be beneficial, but I really hate the idea of the America having this huge debt.
-Support a progressive tax system.  The middle class is overtaxed and the rich are undertaxed.  Families First tax plan: fair,progressive,simple,responsible.
-Free Trade:  Freed trade is OK, but there must be restrictions, which prevent American jobs from being shipped over sea's by the millions while the company responsible gets a tax cut for packing up and leaving.
-Pro-Union
-Support Social Security in its current form.  Increase the cap or eliminate the cape entirely and lower the payroll tax.
-Health Care:  I like the idea of a Universal Health Care system, but it does not seem financially feasible.  Therefore, I support single-payer health care system.

Foreign Policy:
-Support more spending on the armed forces.  Support the War on Terror.  Id prefer that the War on Terror expand to more countries and more terrorist training grounds.  But I would rather the WOT consist of strategic strikes on certain terrorist bases and training camps rather than invading the countries containing those bases and camps.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: MHS2002 on March 23, 2005, 11:26:55 pm
Socially: Pro-life in virtually all cases, against euthenaisa, support the death penalty for the most heinous of crimes, against gay marriage but also against a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage such as the FMA, undecided on civil unions. Also against hate crimes legislation and affirmative action, oppose most FCC regulations on cable and other pay TV channels, in favor of some Internet censorship when it comes to K-12 public schools and libraries where computers are being used by children. Generally oppose prostitution and legalization of drugs but support gambling for the most part. Support the status quo for immigration. Support individual prayer in public schools and prayer before sporting and other major events. Support school vouchers and faith-based charities.

Economically: Proponent of the free market but there should be a small safety net for those who have fallen on hard times. Support free trade, welfare reform, tort reform, a slightly graduated income tax, and farm subsidies for small family farms. Against personal and corporate tax loopholes, corporate subsidies, and universal health care. Would like to see a more balanced budget and feel that Medicare and Medicaid spending are more pressing issues than Social Security (support privatization of SS).

Foreign policy: Supporter of the War on Terror, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Strong supporter of Israel.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: A18 on March 23, 2005, 11:30:25 pm
-Support a progressive tax system.  The middle class is overtaxed and the rich are undertaxed.

People who say this miss the point. An income tax is not a tax on the rich, but the people becoming rich.

The best way to get the rich to pay their fair share is to close loopholes and end tax shelters. A perfectly flat rate would be ideal, as this is the only system completely void of 'get-arounds.' But the top rate right now is 35%! Certainly that is high enough!

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-Support Social Security in its current form.  Increase the cap or eliminate the cape entirely and lower the payroll tax.

That is not Social Security in its current form. That is a welfare program, equivalent to abolishing Social Security.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: nick on March 23, 2005, 11:35:50 pm
-Support Social Security in its current form.  Increase the cap or eliminate the cape entirely and lower the payroll tax.


That is not Social Security in its current form. That is a welfare program, equivalent to abolishing Social Security.

Your right.  What I should have said is, I support increasing the cap or eliminating it as a way of "fixing" the current system.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Beet on March 24, 2005, 03:40:08 am
Social:

Liberal Views
- Pro-choice during the first trimester.
- Immigration: Suport increased legal immigration and amnesty for undocumented workers who have shown commitment to making a productive life in America.
- Gun control: Support mandatory waiting periods and background checks. Support provisions of Assault Weapons Ban of 1994-2004.
- FCC regulations: Support a return to pre-Michael Powell regulatory priorities. Do not agree with pandering to narrow special interests trying to control what people can see on television.
- Marijuana: Support legalization on a state-by-state basis, but under highly regulated and taxed conditions, with increased safeguards against marijuana dependency. Support limits on amount of marijuana that can be purchased.
- Gay marriage: Support civil unions on a state-by-state basis.

Mixed Views
- Support religion in school on a voluntary basis, but not required religious activity such as prayer or moments of silence. Support secular education on religious scripture and history as part of the school curriculum.
- Crime: We are too lenient on vicious criminals but too harsh on petty offenders. There are too many people in jail. Go to the root of the problem.

Conservative Views
- Fathers' Rights: Support the equal rights of fathers in all custody cases.
- School vouchers: Support. Support privatization of all public schools, subject to community approval in well- and average-performing districts.
- Multiculturalism: Believe in assimilation, not multiculturalism. Oppose bilingual education except as a last resort bridge to English-only education.
- Affirmative action: Oppose race-based affirmative action.
- Death penalty: Support, with DNA evidence. Try to rehabilitate all people, even those on death row.
- Causes of social problems: Believe 1960s liberalism led to undesirable breakdowns in social capital; the causes of high crime are mostly family breakdown and weakening of community culture.

Economic:

Conservative Views
- Favor dismantling social security entirely, but favor the government stepping in to aid seniors who face an unexpected sudden loss of retirement savings.
- Support tort reform. Support cap of $750,000 for pain and suffering damages.
- Oppose farm subsidies. Support government action to prevent large corporations from going bankrupt, but otherwise oppose corporate welfare.
- Support free trade. Generally anti-union.
- Support suburban development. Oppose no-growth lobbies. Support state infrastructure spending.

Liberal Views:
- Budget deficits are not a problem. Debt is a structural thing shared by all industrialized countries, and always will be.
- Support a progressive tax system, top income tax rate of 44%. Support the estate tax. Oppose increasing regressive taxes such as sales taxes. Oppose cap on income considered for social security tax.
- Favor government-funded medicare vouchers for medical insurance for the poor. Every child should have health insurance.

Foreign Policy:

Realist. Share a philosophy of war with William T. Sherman, and for that very reason has a very high threshold for justifying a pre-emptive war. Still believe the reasons do not justify starting a war.
- Support spreading democracy by peaceful means, such as building up goodwill and cooperation with Arab peoples and the less oppressive governments.
- Support bilateral talks with North Korea, only because multilateral talks are clearly getting nowhere.
- Support coordinating with E.U. on Iran.
- Favor ending monetary grants to Israel.
- Realize that we must support some undemocratic regimes, such as Pakistan, because the alternative would be worse.
- Support debt relief, AIDS drug funding, and other economic assistance to LDC regions, especially in sub-saharan Africa.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: PADem on March 25, 2005, 05:59:10 am
Social:

- Proud Pro-Life Democrat. Support abortion in cases of rape etc
- Against Prayer or Religious influences in state schools-
- Support school vouchers
-Immigration: Support a clamp down on illegal immigrants coming  across the borders, reward those who apply through official channells
-Gun-Control: I respect that this is a touchy issue. In support of a ban on stupid guns that people have no need to have (eg assault rifles) - otherwise then I don't really care
-Crime:  Support tougher penalties for major offences (rapes, assualts etc), and lighter penalties for things nobody cares about (minor Marijuana offences etc)
-Death Penatly:  In favour, DNA evidence and automatic appeals are a must
- Against Gay Marriage, completely opposed to any kind of constitutional amendment though. Don't really have a problem with civil unions

Economic:
- Anti-Deficit, and think that Bush's economic policies aren't the way to go
- Support asset-tested tax system. The poorer you are the more tax breaks you get, the richer the less
-Free Trade:  Pro NAFTA, CAFTA etc, but outsourcing is a real problem
- Support at least partial privatisation of social security
- Anti-Affirmative Action: I don't by into it being reverse racism,  but I think it doesn't help, and we should be looking at the roots of the problem

Foreign Policy:
-Support enlargement of the army, and extra military spending. If we need to deploy troops then the powell doctrine is the way to go


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: DanielX on March 25, 2005, 06:34:14 am
I'm somewhere between a warmongering libertarian and a free-love conservative. Chew on that one.

Essentially:

Social: Center-left. Far left on issues like prostitution and gambling; far-right on abortion, center-left on most other things.

Economic: Right to Far-right.

Foreign Policy: Center-Neocon.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: HokeyDood on March 25, 2005, 12:24:20 pm
SOCIAL: somewhat of a libertarian with some Democratic ideas.  All for gay marriage, gay adoption, gay rights.  I believe the government has to do everything in its power to uphold free will on public property, because as much as I feel strongly about people expressing themselves and having the freedom to do what they want as long as they are not hurting anybody, I feel just as strongly for an owner of private property to do what they want in their homes, businesses, once again, as long as they are not hurting anybody.  Very liberal when it comes to censorship, I think anything should be allowed on the air as long as parents and caregivers to children are given a heads up to what's there.  Basically when it comes to that, I love the V-Chip, because any broadcaster can express their free speech and any parent can easily have anything they dont want in their homes blocked.  My views on the rights of private property owners extend to hiring practices.  I think affirmative action is beyond unconstitutional, the government has no right to tell a business who to hire.  But, I'm a big union supporter because I also think it's the workers' right to have fair pay and enough to money to adjust to the growing economy.  I'm liberal on abortion, as I see it as somehting the government can't control and whether or not to bring a life into the world is the parents' choice, not the government.  Strong advocate to the ACLU, one of our country's best organizations.  I'm all for 2nd Amendment rights barring the failure of a psychological test.  Conseratives are right, people kill people, not guns, so we just have to keep guns away from people who kill people.  As for everyone else, if you want to keep an AK47 in your home, fine by me.  Just pass the tests.  I believe the drining age should be lowered to 18, and marijuana legalized.  Hard drugs should stay illegal, because they just simply alter your mind to the point you really have no control, unlike softer casual things (I dont even consider them drugs) like pot and alcohol. Voting age should be lowered to 16, because I think our younger citizens should have a voice.  I'm 100% for a clean environment, as I see it as a right for the next generations to have a clean Earth to live on.  No businesses' profits should come at the expense of our planet.  On religion, I'm as liberal as you get.  Of course, I support peoples' right to practice, but it should be completely out of the government, courts, and schools.  Teaching faith as fact, imposing "God" onto atheists and agnostics, through the pledge and oaths, and justifying rules with religious doctrice are all imfringments on free will and thought in my eyes.  Those who do this are trying to alter the soul and very person the vicitm is, and should be punished.  If I had to some up my social views, you do whatever the hell you want, as long as you are not hurting anybody or anything, or putting someone in danger.  I'm a freedom and rights liberal Democrat. 

ECONOMIC: Basically, I'm all for workers' rights but there are few places where I think it should be up to the owners.  I believe in high taxes on the wealthy, as they should give back to the system that got them where they are to help those who were, by no choice ming you, born into a less desirable situation.  America is the land of oppurtunity no doubt, but many simply cannot help the situation they were born into, and its the responsibilty of the government to help them.  Minimum wage should be reasonable to get by in our society.  The governmentshould support unions, as they are the main defense against oppressive owners and big business bosses who use their position to exploit workers.  Since working and making money is essential in a capitalist society, owners rights to should extend only to hiring and how they run their business.  The workers have the rest of the power beyond that.  They cannot be fired without good reason, and must always be treated fairly as long as the job is getting done.  Basically on the economic side, I'm a populist with one or two libertarian leanings. 


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: No more McShame on March 29, 2005, 12:01:16 am
Social Views- I consider myself a social moderate
   Oppose abortion except to save the mother's life or incest.  Overturn Roe v Wade and leave it to the states.
   Oppose gay marriage and the Federal Marriage Amemdment.  Believe it should be left to the states.  Support DOMA to allow the states the freedom to define marriage how it sees fit.  Personally support civil unions.
   Oppose euthanasia on 14th Amendment grounds.
   Support allowing states to set their own laws on marijuana use.  Personally, I would just legalize all drugs as I believe that would drastically cut down on the crime rate.
   Support the death penalty with DNA evidence.  I agree with the other poster who said Scott Peterson shouldn't get it because his case is circumstantial.  The Supreme Court was wrong to outlaw it to under 18 yr olds.
   Oppose "3 strikes and you're out" legislation.  Sentences should be handed down on a case by case basis.  Some crimes and it should be 1 strike and you're fried.
   We need to rewrite the Patriot Act, there are good elements to it, but other elements that give government a scary amount of power.
   Oppose further gun control.
   Oppose affirmative action.  Two wrongs don't make a right.
   Favor a set term for Supreme Court and lower court judges to rein in judicial activism.  Say 8 years.
   School prayer is a neutral.  "As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in school."  Support personal shows of faith but oppose organized prayer groups.
   Support vouchers to make our schools more competitive.
   Support the National Park System and allow limited use of wilderness areas such as drilling in ANWAR.  Oppose the Kyoto Treaty.
   Enforce laws on illegal immigration.  Do not give illegals driver's licences or allow them in-state tuition.  Have a guest worker program for jobs that are not filled to reduce the temptation for people to illegally cross.  Say in no uncertain terms that there will never be amnesty.

Economic.  Mostly Libertarian
   Support in principle the effort to have private accounts in social security but wonder how it's going to be paid for.  Support raising the retirement age to keep with the original intent of the program and eliminating the early retirement option.  Would like the whole thing phased out but that is not practical at this time.
   Oppose new prescription drug benefit to Medicare.  Instead set up private Health Savings Acccounts to replace insurance.  Insurance causes overuse of the system.  Oppose gov't funded health care.
   Would prefer a consumption tax, but only if a constitutional amendment was passed to eliminate the income tax.  Since that's not going to happen institute a flat tax with a high personal deduction for progresivity.  As compliance costs drop, billions will be released into the economy.
   End corporate welfare.  Wal Mart makes enough money, they don't need the taxpayers to fund new store construction.  Same with major sports leagues
   Allow private charities, including religous ones, to administer welfare programs as long as the money is going to help and not to preach.
   Strongly oppose the mininum wage.  It only destroys jobs.
   Support NAFTA and exansion of the trade agreement as it will create more jobs in the long run by opening foreign markets to U.S. goods and keep prices down.
   Combat outsourcing by eliminating the corporate income tax (very few corporations pay income tax anyway).  Tax dividends at the flat rate.
   End the embargo on Cuba.  Treat Castro like we've been treating the Chinese and change will come.

Foreign Policy- Basically a hawk.
   Strongly supports the wars in Afganastan and Iraq.  Despite Iraq having no WMD, Saddam was a threat and was only waiting for us to turn our backs to restart it.
   Strongly oppose the draft.  Instead offer better pay and incentives to our troops.  They deserve it!
   Improve the VA system and help families of fallen soldiers.  We need to take care of those who take care of us.

  That's my view in a nutshell.  think I got everything.
   
   
   
   


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Party Like It's 2006 on March 29, 2005, 12:23:09 am
Social

Abortion: pro-choice. I want it legal in the first trimester. After that I don't care about much restrictions as long as its legal for health reasons, and oppose waiting periods, notifications, and all that other junk. I'm not against the idea of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act but don't like it being passed with this Congress, plus just look at the name.

Gay rights: I'm 100% in favor of all gay rights and gay marriage, atlhough I'd rather just get marriage out of the government altogether. Civil Unions for everyone.

Gun control: I basically have Howard Dean's position. I'm happy with the current laws.

Death penalty: Strongly opposed.

School prayer: I'm against any organized prayer, but think the ACLU often goes too far. If the students themselves want to make some sort of religious reference in something like say a graduation speech, that's fine. Just don't have prayers over the intercom in the morning or anything like that.

Affirmative Action: Should be class, not race based.

Patriot Act: Repeal the damn thing

3 Strikes Laws: Not a bad idea in theory, but they get implemented poorly. Need serious reform. A better solution would be just to increase penalties on violent and serious offenders instead.

Prostitution: Legalize and regulate strongly. Ban pimping.

Gambling: Completely legalize

Drugs: I'm for legalizing pot. Everything else probably not, but we should focus on rehabilitation rather than imprisonment.

Strip Clubs: You already know :)

Economic

I'm basically a socialist. 100% pro-union. I support wage caps. I like the negative income tax idea. I'm completely in favor of universal health care. I'm very protectionist.

Foreign Policy

Very dovish. Want to gut the hell out of the military. We spend way too much. I obviously opposed the Iraq invasion. I hate both the Israeli and Palestinean leaders and think an independent Palestinean state is the best solution. I strongly opposed any trade with China, and support lifting the Cuban embargo.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: ○∙◄☻¥tπ[╪AV┼cVê└ on March 29, 2005, 12:38:16 am
Social:

Liberal views:
- Pro-choice for the first two trimesters, and to save the life of the woman
- FCC regulations, we need media to belong to organizations that actually report the news
- Marijuana:Legalize
- Gay marriage: legalize
- School vouchers: oppose
- Death penalty: oppose

Mixed views:
- Immigration: I'm against worker visas, H-1B visas. I'm sort of neutral on immigration itself
- Gun control: I'm mostly for gun control, but a bit undecided

Conservative views:
- Affirmative action: oppose

Economic

Liberal:
- Keynesian economics
- Tax hikes on the rich
- Fair trade not "free" trade

Mixed:
- Support guaranteeed welfare for anyone who will work if they can
- Oppose very large deficits like those we have now. Small deficits are ok.
- Oppose farm, corporate subsidies

Foreign policy
- General cut to a lot of wasteful military spending
- For fighting a war on terror, engaging Al Qaeda in Afganistan, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia
- Against wars for no good reason like Iraq
- We need to stop trying overthrowing random countries we don't like, for instance Venzeuela
- All together I'd be less militaristic but not more isolationist
- Working on providing permanent solutions to disease, hunger, poverty in poor countries. Help them become developed without massive environmental problems.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: A18 on March 29, 2005, 01:21:50 am
Social:

Libertarian views:
- Oppose FCC; realize that's not realistic right now, but at least stop it from spreading
- Legalize drugs
- No prescription necessary to buy anything
- Fully support school vouchers
- Don't apply federal Bill of Rights to the states; just consolidates power in the federal judiciary
- Federal government primarily for defense and free trade among the states
- Oppose gun control; legalize machine guns
- Oppose affirmative action

Mixed:
- Replace death penalty with hard labor

Liberal:
- Support guest worker program
- Relax immigration restrictions
- Oppose flag burning amendment

Conservative:
- No need to take vague references to God out of public life ("In God We Trust," "Under God" in the pledge, etc.)
- Oppose abortion except to save life of the mother
- Oppose campaign finance reform (also libertarian, I guess)
- Oppose gay/incestuous/polygamous marriages

Economic:

Liberal:
- Remove cap on all payroll taxes
- Cut Social Security and Medicare benefits for wealthy

Libertarian:
- Abolish the 'normal' income tax, and use the payroll tax to replace it, at a flat rate of about 15 percent, with no cap
- Repeal sixteenth amendment (since payroll tax is not a direct tax, as it is paid only by the employer on behalf of the employee)
- Get rid of taxes on everything except wages (includes sales taxes, property taxes, double taxation of all sorts, etc.)
- Abolish a lot of federal departments (Agriculture, Education, etc.)
- Cap federal outlays at 20 percent of last year's GDP

Conservative:
- Increased defense spending (like we're doing now)
- Oppose large deficits, but not necessarily small ones like we have now. The real problem is too much government spending.
- Support states' rights (oppose Federal Marriage Amendment in its current form; oppose Controlled Substances Act both because of this and because I support drug legalization, plus it's unconstitutional; etc.)

Foreign Policy:

Conservative views:
- Support Bush Doctrine
- Support Operation Enduring Freedom
- Support Operation Iraqi Freedom

Libertarian:
- Pull out of the UN
- Support free trade agreements

Mixed:
- Create a treaty making organization similar to NATO, only expanded


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Bandit3 the Worker on March 29, 2005, 02:17:46 am
Just because I am interested in knowing y'all a bit better, I think a topic should be made descibing you all and your personal views on politics. 

To put it simply, I oppose the evils of fascism and capitalism.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: ian on March 29, 2005, 10:05:30 pm

- Oppose large deficits, but not necessarily small ones like we have now. The real problem is too much government spending.


Small?  $7,798,011,499,375.68 is not small!


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: bullmoose88 on March 30, 2005, 12:44:36 am
That would be the national debt (i believe). A18 is referring to the annual shortcomings which aren't exactly small in and of themselves.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: MaC on March 30, 2005, 02:58:23 am
Social Issues:
pro-gun to the point where some people would say extreme.  I don't think I should need a permit to carry a weapon, or neccessarily be law abiding.  The only real gun control that is fair is self control in not pointing it at other people unless being threatened.

pro free speech- every kind of speech, I don't care if you don't like what I have to say, you don't need to listen to me.  You have to realise, sometimes you're gonna get offended by thing people say.  It should not be the government's say in whether or not your able to hear them

anti-affirmative action- favoritism to any group of people is unfair.  Affirmative action is still racism (regardless if it's reversed).

pro prostitution- let the john worry about getting HIV/AIDS or herpes.  it should be no concern of the state.

pro homosexual rights-  if two consenting people (both male or both female) want to have sex or marry, who am I to say they should be stopped.  Yes, the definition of marraige is between a man and a women, but I hardly see how gays marrying is going to bring a downfall or moral decay to society.  It's still really really gross though.

pro drugs- let's face it after millions of dollars, thousands of lives ruined and massive property damage by the Federal government, the Drugs won the war on drugs.  Someone else toking up has no affect on me same as someone drinking whiskey has no affect on me.

pro-life, and pro choice.  I really wish more women would reconsider before abortion.  I realise how incredibly annoying the religious right is on this issue.  I want to make it clear I don't support this practice, but I don't want the federal government getting it's hands into legislating it.

anti-death penalty- I really am for this, and I think in many cases it is a just punishment, but I know there are many people who have been wrongly convicted and put to death, and I don't trust the state to spend my tax dollars wisely, so there's no way I trust the state with life or death matters.

Anti-socialized medicine.  When the state takes over and dictates health policy for the nation, the poeple should only expect death and disease. Government monopoly in the health industry will cause many competitous industries who work hard to provide the best care go out of business. Many drugs already are forced to go through the FDA for a rigorous screening process lasting 5-10 years.  By the time it's made legal someone who needed it could've died.  Besides this will create longer waiting lines and let in hypocondriacs while emergency people suffer in line.

Economic Issues:
pro free market education:  this is not the same as a voucher system where allowances are doled out by the state and you still must choose their schools.  I think that schools should run like a business and in a capitalistic society a need is met where it is found.  Rather than the government monopoly we currently have, schools should compete for academic excellence.  Children graduate smarter because their not just being passed along and the standards of learning are not state controlled.

pro repealing the 16th Amendment.  Scrap it. No progressive tax.  No "fair" tax.  No federal sales tax. None of that crap.  Our government was relatively small before it was enacted and look how much it grew in the past 90 years.  It's the politicians' royal road to your pocket book, and in a way, it's slavery.  By that I mean you work so hard for yourself, but out of nowhere you owe the government your hard earned labor and wages from that labor.  Forced working under someone like this, when it's not your own I think counts as slavery.

pro free trade-I think a lot of these embargos put on goods are done to control the economy and regulate the goods and services coming and going. 

pro deregulation-I favor ending a lot of these stupid laws that do nothing but cost people money and waste time.

pro silver- I favor backing money with silver.  It needs to be backed by something or else inflation will never stop and the US dollar will grow weaker and weaker.  Silver is a good choice, it's a precious metal, that will be easily more liquid and better flow with the current economy than gold.

anti subsidies- I think liberals complain about big corporations way too much, when they should be complaining about big government that shows economic favoritism towards certain companies and not others.

anti social security- started when FDR decided people are too stupid to handle their own money, so we gotta step in there and take it from them, then return some of it for when they're older.  I like the libertarian plan, but don't know all the details.  Cut younger workers off from it.  Middle age and baby boomers get about half of what they put into it back.  Old people have their accounts transfered to variable annuities in private accounts for themselves.  To finance this, the government sells much of the private land it owns (which is a good amount) to individuals.

Pro balanced budget amendment: For congress to balance their budget, they should've said enough is enough after Reagan ran a huge debt.  I have no idea of what the long standing damage the W deficeit will be.

Foreign Policy:

Anti Iraq War: There was no reason to do it in the first place.  I could go on and on about it, but I'll save room for others to. 

Anti draft:  The draft is slavery-it's forcing you to work for the government.

pro noninterventionism.  After 9-11 was the only time in the last 50 years intervention was necessary.  And it should've only been used to find binLaden.  His action is still criminal and not war.  Therefore I'm also against the Afghanistan war.

pro Mexico.  Many people come here from Mexico legally, and the number is far greater than those who enter illegally.  I think a lot of people come here legally because they can get welfare and not get a job.  However those who do enter legally get harassed and get a bad reputation from the illegals.

anti U.N.  The number one job of the UN was supposed to be to prevent war.  Look at what a bad job that has done.  It's now a world beuracracy hell bent on fixing social ills and feeding the hungy while Americans go hungry and American tax dollar go to the UN

Some understanding on my veiw points mostly libertarian, some of them modified...



Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: ian on March 30, 2005, 02:54:29 pm
That would be the national debt (i believe). A18 is referring to the annual shortcomings which aren't exactly small in and of themselves.

Ah, yes.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: A18 on March 30, 2005, 02:55:51 pm
As a percentage of GDP, they are historically small.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: TCash101 on March 31, 2005, 12:06:38 am
bump, for the agree w/ me BRTD thread


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: tarheel-leftist85 on June 19, 2005, 02:46:19 pm
Social Issues
-Pro-Death penalty (age>17yrs., IQ>65, for murder, child molestation, treason, war crimes)
-Oppose homosexual marriage (civil unions & rights up to states)
-Affirmative action:  Amend it, don't end it.
-Pro-choice, Pro-parental notification, and Pro-Laci's Law
-Legalized medicinal marijuana
-Pro-Hate Crimes Legislation
-Oppose funding of Religious Inst.
-Pro-2nd Amendment
-Against funding the arts
-Pro-Equal Work, Equal Pay
-For OTC RU-486 Emergency Contraception
-Pro-federal funding of stem cell research (from fertility clinics)
Defense Issues
-Gitmo:  Amend it, don't end it.  Establish a protocol that is set in stone, no exceptions or loopholes and document (audio, written, or otherwise) detainer-detainee interaction.  Stop serving them fancy food, only beans and cheapest fruit possible (maybe let them grow their own if it saves us money).
-Iraq:  We should have gone in with twice as many troops, better equipped, and with the reason we have now
-"Policing" the world:  It's sometimes necessary, but don't beat around the bush as Bush does with the hand-cutting Saudi Kingdom.
-War on Terror:  REAL energy independence (what happens when we run out of all of our oil, no matter how long into the future?); deep involvement in Israel-Palestinian relations; protect our borders (land and maritime); fund cities, not fly-over country (the terrorists ain't gonna bomb Wyoming, they look for economic and population centers); debt relief for Africa
-Armed Forces:  We treat them like crap.  They only deserve the best supplies and a good standard of living, not food stamps and lip service.
-Woman in the military:  Of course.
Economic Issues
-Taxes: More progressive and simple tax code w/ brackets as follows:
          $<27,000--No income taxes
          27,001<$<39,000--16.5% (w/ Children--12.0%)
          39,001<$<51,000--19.5% (w/ Children--15.0%)
          51,001<$<63,000--22.5% (w/ Children--19.5%)
          63,001<$<75,000--25.5% (w/ Children--22.5%)
          75,001<$<99,000--28.5% (w/ Children--25.5%)
          99001<$<123000--31.5% (w/ Children--30.0%)
          123001<$<147000--34.5% (w/ Children--33.0%)
          147001<$<171000--36.0%
          171001<$<195000--37.5%
          195001<$<270000--39.0%
          270001<$<345000--40.5%
          345001<$<450000--42.0%
          450001<$<600000--43.5%
          600001<$<750000--45.0%
          750001<$<900000--46.5%
          900001<$<1200000--48.0%
          1200001<$<1500000--49.5%
          $>1500001--51.0%
          All you have to do is look at your bracket and if you have
          children.  NOTHING ELSE!
-Soc. Security:  No private accts., Raise min. age by 1 or 2 yrs., Make more progressive if prob. still exists
-Budget:  The only way there is, balanced.  Modest entitlement cuts + Modest tax inc.
-Minimum wage:  $6.75/hr (2005) + yearly inflation (min. wage automatically adjusts every yr.)
-Education:  As tuition inc., fed. endowments to inst. decrease
-Vocational training (from high school on up)
-HS Graduation Requirements:  Algebra 2 (or equivalent math course directly before Trigonometry) for college-bound students and thorough arithmetic training for vocational-bound students, as well as 2 lab science courses.
-Tort "Reform":  No way in hell!
-Pro-Union
-Tax cuts for business that hire American citizens
-Incentives for hybrid vehicles, energy efficient materials
-Child health care (in households w/ incomes less than $75,000 and/or children with parent in armed forces)
-For availability of generic medicines and importation of medicines
-Insurance rates (all types) may not exceed 1.5 times the rate of inflation from the previous year
-No more corporate welfare.
-If an able-bodied/minded person refuses to work, they surrender their right to entitlements of any kind.
Election system:
-Congressional redistricting must be approved in a state by referendum
-Run-off election for each state if no Presidential candidate receives a majority of the popular vote in that state.
-Congressional and executive salaries may not exceed the rate of inflation.
Miscellaneous
-Make English the official language
-No f-ing way in hell should the govt. be funding Viagra or similar bedroom drugs...thanks Rep. leadership.

I think that's pretty comprehensive :)



Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Emsworth on July 27, 2005, 07:24:43 am
Social Issues

General philosophy: Libertarianism

Separation of church and state: Very strongly support; remove "under God" from the pledge; end federal funding for "faith-based initiatives"

Freedom of speech: Oppose banning flag burning, etc.

Right to an abortion: Very strongly support throughout the pregnancy

Affirmative action: Very strongly oppose

Gun rights: Support

Civil unions or gay marriage: Support both, but the latter is preferable

Euthanasia: Strongly support

Prostitution: Support legalization

Capital punishment: Oppose

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Close to laissez-faire capitalism.

Employers and Employees: Strongly support liberty of contract. If the employer wishes to fire the employee for no reason at all, the government should not interfere. If an employer does not wish to hire women, then the government should not interfere, etc., etc.

Taxation: Highest tax bracket should be no more than 30-35%. The Alternative Minimum Tax should be abolished.

Spending: Cut government spending on wasteful programs, including some welfare programs, farm subsidies, foreign aid, and others.

Free trade: Very strongly support. The consumer should not be sacrificed on the altar of protectionism.

Funding of the space program: Strongly support.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Hawk; realist (as opposed to idealist)

Iraq: Opposed, not on so-called "moral grounds," but on the grounds that it destabilizes the region and causes the U.S. to incur too much expenditure

Neoconservatism: The American military exists to protect American interests, not to topple dictatorships


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Ebowed on July 27, 2005, 07:32:19 am
Interesting positions, Emsworth.  I suspect that we're closer on social issues than it would seem from comparing the positions posted here.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Emsworth on July 27, 2005, 07:34:13 am
Interesting positions, Emsworth.  I suspect that we're closer on social issues than it would seem from comparing the positions posted here.
Yes; we seem to differ on hot-button issues like abortion, but agree on other matters.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Speed of Sound on July 27, 2005, 08:00:49 am
Social Issues

General philosophy: Liberalism

Separation of church and state: Very strongly support; remove "under God" from the pledge; end federal funding for "faith-based initiatives"

Freedom of speech: As long you put no-one in direct physical danger i.e., yelling fire in a theater

Right to an abortion: Very strongly support throughout the first two trimesters

Affirmative action: Very strongly oppose

Gun rights: Support an assault weapon ban, oppose a handgun ban

Civil unions or gay marriage: Support both, but the latter is  much more preferable

Euthanasia: Strongly support

Prostitution: Support legalization

Capital punishment: STRONGLY Oppose

Economic Issues

General philosophy: socialist

Employers and Employees: Strongly support liberty of contract. If the employer wishes to fire the employee for no reason at all, the government should not interfere. If an employer does not wish to hire women, then the government should not interfere,etc., etc. but i support unions.

Taxation: Income Tax: 35% or 40% then give the people Universial Healthcare and free public education. Otherwise the income tax should be very low. Every Other Tax: 'Power To The People' taxation. You dont like a plan? you dont pay for it. you pay for what you support, dont pay for it what you dont. The Senators gave themselves a pay raise? Not if you can help it!

Spending: Cut government spending on wasteful programs, including some welfare programs, farm subsidies, foreign aid, and others.

Free trade: Very strongly oppose. Our un-employment rates are bad enough. Protectionism keeps the jobs here-at home.

Funding of the space program: ONLY for a human trip to Mars. other than that, most (not all) of it is a waste of space. (no pun intended) Cut most spending to the space program

Foreign policy

General philosophy: 'Dove'

Iraq: Strongly Opposed. It is morally wrong, we have no reason to be there, and then we complain like Hell when they fight back?!?No Blood For Oil!

The American military exists to protect American interests, not to topple dictatorships. I wish someday we could make it into a Dept. Of Peace, but right now there isnt enough trust among nations.

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Sorry about taking your list, Emsworth, just to lazy to make my own :D


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: KillerPollo on July 27, 2005, 10:04:43 am
Social Issues

General philosophy: Conservatism

Separation of church and state: Oppose... America was not meant to be a secular nation.

Freedom of speech: Support. I have the right to speak bigotry if I must.

Right to an abortion: Very strongly Oppose. Baby-killing is murder.

Affirmative action: Very strongly support

Gun rights: Support fully. Even though personally, I shunn firearms. I like swords, bows and arrows, daggers and knives better

Civil unions or gay marriage: Strongly oppose. This should not even be an issue.

Euthanasia: Strongly oppose. But only if the person is consenting.

Prostitution: oppose

Capital punishment: STRONGLY Oppose

Economic Issues

General philosophy: An interesting mix of socialism and capitalism, leaning toward socialism. (capialism?Socitalism? ???)

Employers and Employees: Strongly support liberty of contract. If the employer wishes to fire the employee for no reason at all, the government should not interfere. If an employer does not wish to hire women, then the government should not interfere,etc., etc. but i support unions.

Taxation: Income Tax: 5% or 4% then give the people Universial Healthcare and free public education. Otherwise the income tax should be very low.

Spending: Increase gov't spending on foreign aid.

Free trade: Strongly support. This is doing wonders for me :D.

Funding of the space program: OH YEEESSSSS

Foreign policy

General philosophy: 'Dove', isolationist

Iraq: Strongly Opposed. It is morally wrong, we have no reason to be there, and then we complain like Hell when they fight back?!?No Blood For Oil!
Also. Leave Iran alone, and N. Korea is more of a nuisance than a threat.
Respect towards sovereignty = peace. Neutrality will keep us safe from danger.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: HokeyDood on July 27, 2005, 11:51:15 am
I'll redo mine, since I think I'm a little bit different than I was a few months ago, and I think I did a pretty bad job explaining them. 

SOCIALLY

General: Liberal

Total Equality: I believe in this country, the government should be blind to gender, creed, race, disability....whatever, you name it.  Age factors should be the only exception (obviously, a child should not have the same driving rights as an adult). 

Individual comes first: When it comes to social issues, the individual's wants and needs always comes first.  You cannot stop a person from excerising their free will just because the majority doesn't like it, or assumes it will have a negative effect on society.  I strongly believe it is a much bigger responsibility of a free nation to protect the minority rather than always cater to the majority.  I don't care if 99.99999% of the country is against gay marriage, I believe that gay couples' right to enter a marriage as equal as any straight couples' should never put up to a referendum.  Freedom to only the degree a particular group wants it (even if they are the majority), is not real freedom.  Real freedom is the right to your own free will, regardless.  Of course, there are always exceptions.  I advocate legalization of marijuana, but it's no myth that harder drugs are a social disease that destroy neighborhoods.  I basically believe that as long as you are not hurting someone, putting someone is danger, stealing, negatively impacting another, etc. you do whatever the hell you want.  I also believe it is not the government's responsibility to protect an adult from themselves, i.e. the seat belt law is awful and has to go for adults and owners of cars. 

Seperation of Church and State: Has there even been a bigger enemy to freedom than legislated religion? (Not in America, but read up on Europe in the Middle Ages, it's scary) No, not really.  Seperation of Church and State and a secular U.S. is the only way we will ever be truely free.  You simply cannot legislate ones' beliefs.  Of course, freedom to worship in the way you see fit (of course, unless it involves things like sacrifice) is vital to be upheld.  Also, I see no problem with prayer in a public school if everyone in the classroom (and their parents) wants to (and wants them to) participate.  Religious symbols in a public places are a problem though.  Please get the commandments out of the State Court.  I also hate the "America was founded on Judeo-Christian....blah....blah" argument.  It's bullsh**t.  If you make that argument, you obviously know jack about our Founding Fathers.  They were the biggest advocates for a secular America this country's ever seen!

Abortion: Tough, very tough.  I see legal abortions as a necessary evil.  I also think up until close to birth, whether or not the child is brought into the world is up to it's mother.  I also cringe to the thought of going back to the 40s and 50s when women would call up secret abortion doctors who used dirty instruments to perform to procedure, throw themsleves down stairs, hurt themsleves.  Pro-choicers just see the moral argument in a different.  I personally have no problem with Pro-Life people, because yes, abortion is the killing of a human being.  I just see it being legal as a necessary evil, that's all.

Gay Marriage (and marriage in general): Honestly, I don't think it's up to the government to enter people into a spiritual bond.  I think they should hand out equal marriage licenses to anyone (humans) who wants it besides close relatives.  Incest is bad. 

Death Penalty: Only in the MOST serious of violent and sick crimes.  Sorry, if you're the guy who killed a baby girl while raping her......you gotta go assh*le. 

Gun Rights: If you are 18, and you pass a psych test and physical test, THEN you have absolute right to gun ownership.  Why should a psycho be able to just walk into a gun show, buy a rifle for $50 and mow down the next family he sees. 

Freedom of Speech on the airwaves: Proper warnings on free airwaves (certainly less than what we have now though....).  Cable and satellite channels, absolute right to say, do, anything you want.  We have the V-Chip people, I don't even want to hear from a parent again that they can't control their own kid.  Besides, violent/sexual images haven't been proven to have any negative impact.  If you don't understand what you're seeing, you don't understand.  If you do understand, and you go repeat it (violence), that person has pyschological problems that have NOTHING to do with what they saw.  If you play GTA and then go shoot someone, GTA was just the trigger, you had serious problems before you ever flipped the PS2 on. 

I'll do Economic and Foriegn later


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on July 27, 2005, 12:03:33 pm
Has there even been a bigger enemy to freedom than legislated religion?

Yes. Quite a few things.

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(Not in America, but read up on Europe in the Middle Ages, it's scary)

I'm not entirely sure what your refering to here... certainly most of the various countries, semi-countries, defacto countries, principalities, free cities... etc, etc, etc that made up Mediaeval Europe (if there was such a thing) were "not exactly" free, but that certainly wasn't the main problem...


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: TeePee4Prez on July 27, 2005, 02:21:16 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: Liberalism

Separation of church and state:  Strongly favor.  I favor allowing religious education, but it shouldn't be taxpayer funded.  In Philadelphia, I have a problem with Islamic education being funded via charter schools.  Charter schools should be secular.  I can see some Title I funding for religious schools in poorer areas, but IHMO, religious education is an option parents should pay for themselves.   

Freedom of speech: Strongly favor.  If a parent doesn't want their child watching Howard Stern or South Park, there's a V-Chip.  Please stop b!tching.  I also think there should be nudity allowed on TV.  Europe is so far advanced than us on this.  Nudity on the internet- great thing!  Seriously, it sure cuts down on the amount of sexual assaults that could happen.

Right to an abortion: Very strongly support throughout the first two trimesters.  In the 3rd trimester I favor life of mother, incest, and physical health only.

Affirmative action: Generally oppose, but keep most of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Gun rights: Support an assault weapon ban and a handgun ban, but allow rifles for hunting.  I'm sure midstate Pennsylvanians could tolerate this.

Civil unions or gay marriage: Support both

Euthanasia: Strongly support

Prostitution: Support legalization, but shoudl be regulated a la the Netherlands.

Capital punishment: Mostly oppose, but allow it for terrorists and extreme cases.

Sex: Increase funding for contraception on TV and freely advertise where people can go and pick up condoms or pills.  Some educational institutions are so archaic about this.  Planned Parenthood should have stations outside parochial high schools giving students more accurate information than what's being taught.  Seriously, the number of teen pregos would be GREATLY reduced and DHS cases woudl drop dramtically.   

Economic Issues

General philosophy:  Standard pro-union Democrat with collegiate infulence from economics professors

Employers and Employees:  Strongly pro-union, but businesses should have some leeway to compete.  Expand OT rules into lower end professional sectors.  From a personal standpoint I will not leave the government for an accounting firm that will pay me little me more to work 60-80 hours per week.  If an employer wants to run young professionals into the ground they should pay them!   

Taxation: Income Tax: Look whatever balances the budget given reasonable services.  At this point they should be raised in a progessive fashion.


Spending: Cut government spending on wasteful programs, including some welfare programs, farm subsidies, foreign aid, and others.

Free trade: Cautiously favor.  Bilateral agrrements with labor and environmental standards.  Free trade is the best policy, but exploitation makes it worse to compete.

Funding of the space program: Favor.  New technology is brought about from such missions.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: 'Dove', isolationist

Iraq: Strongly Opposed. It is morally wrong, we have no reason to be there, and then we complain like Hell when they fight back?!?No Blood For Oil!

The American military exists to protect American interests, not to topple dictatorships. I wish someday we could make it into a Dept. Of Peace, but right now there isnt enough trust among nations.

Took some thigns from LiberalPA, because I thought a lot of it was good.  There are some disagreements though.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: HokeyDood on July 27, 2005, 06:02:53 pm
Has there even been a bigger enemy to freedom than legislated religion?

Yes. Quite a few things.

Quote
(Not in America, but read up on Europe in the Middle Ages, it's scary)

I'm not entirely sure what your refering to here... certainly most of the various countries, semi-countries, defacto countries, principalities, free cities... etc, etc, etc that made up Mediaeval Europe (if there was such a thing) were "not exactly" free, but that certainly wasn't the main problem...

In many countries in Europe, your rights were basically taken away if you were a Jew.  Name one bigger enemy to freedom that had an impact legislated religion has. 


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: dazzleman on July 27, 2005, 06:42:39 pm
I am a center-right Republican conservative.

On social issues, I think that the greatest threat to our social cohesion, and ultimately our economic vitality, is the breakdown of the family structure.  For this reason, I cannot in good conscience be a social liberal and give my approval, in the name of freedom, rights, or what have you, to the type of behavior that is contributing to this problem.  I believe that illegitimacy is our number one social threat, and that we need to oppose the idea that it is our right to indulge ourselves in any way we please, even if it hurts other people, particularly innocent children.  This is the end result of social liberalism, like it or not.

Economically, I am center-right.  I believe in progressive taxation to a point, but I don't think we should punish creation of wealth.  This hurts the poor more than it hurts the well-off. 

I believe it is in our self-interest to help the poor, and those who have not had a strong chance to become successful for whatever reason, in a constructive way.  I believe that many of the programs offered in this regard by liberals have been highly destructive, and that they should be judged by their results, not their intentions.

With respect to education, I believe that government should provide an escape hatch to those trapped in failing schools.  It is unrealistic to think that we can appreciably improve schools that serve communities with no parental support or family structure, and those who wish to receive an education should not be consigned to the toxic environment in schools located in such communities.

I believe that government interference in private lives should be minimal, and that the government's primary job should be maintaining security from both foreign and domestic enemies.  Therefore, I am tough on crime and a hawk on foreign policy.  I support capital punishment for murderers.

I am much more a realist than an idealist.  Policies should be judged by results, not intentions.  I believe that many things are counter-intuitive, and that ultimately cruelty is often dressed as kindness, and vice versa.  Sometime, policies described by liberals as tough and heartless are the kindest thing of all, just as soft liberal policies that are meant to be kind have sometimes resulted in unspeakable cruelty in practice.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: jokerman on July 27, 2005, 07:15:21 pm
hmm, our social ideas are quite similiar.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: dazzleman on July 27, 2005, 07:20:59 pm
hmm, our social ideas are quite similiar.

That's why I was surprised when you said you would vote not to confirm me as a judge.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Redefeatbush04 on July 27, 2005, 07:37:14 pm
Social IssuesGuns: Oppose banning of "assault weapons," rifles, or pistols.  Oppose waiting or cooling off periods.  Support the legality of fireworks year round.
Drugs: Support legality of marijuana and hard drugs for medicinal and recreational use.
Capital Punishment: Oppose the use of the death penalty for all circumstances.Marriage Issues: Preferably the government should get out of marriage and both gay and straight couples could get civil unions.  Oppose government recognition of incestuous marriage, bigamy, and polygamy, and strongly support cracking down on Mormon fundamentalist polygynous communities in Utah.  Fully opposed to the legalization of incest, first cousin or closer.
Abortion: Shouldn't be legal in any circumstances, same goes for infanticide or "post partum euthanasia" as some advocates like to call it.Gay Rights: See above for stance on civil unions/marriage.  Oppose sexual orientation being protected by civil rights laws (see below for stance on "hate crimes").  Undecided on gay adoptions.  Fully support allowing gay people to serve in the military openly-- in the words of Barry Goldwater (paraphrasing), "It doesn't matter how straight you are to be in the military as long as you can shoot straight."Hate Crimes: If a white man murders a black man, it should be treated as any other murder.  Even if racism was the motivating factor behind the murder, the crime should not be weighted more because of that, as racism is protected by free speech.  Oppose hate crimes legislation in regards to race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or any other factors.
Hate Speech: Oppose any efforts to limit "hate speech."  Certainly freedom of speech shouldn't be illegal; why make an exception because someone criticizes a race or religion?Racial Profiling: Strongly opposed.Affirmative Action: Strongly opposed, for both race- and class-based affirmative action.  I also oppose racial or sex quotas for workplaces or schools.Flag Burning: There's no reason to ban this.  The amendment is a waste of time and a threat to our civil liberties.
PATRIOT Act: Strongly opposed.  Again, a threat to our civil liberties that is being disguised as an effort to stop terrorism.  I don't want to know what business Bush has with my library records, and frankly he shouldn't be able to look at them.
Gambling: Legalize it.Prostitution: Opposed to legalization.Smoking: Very opposed to efforts to ban smoking in "public" workplaces or restaraunts.  It should be up to the owner of the restaraunt whether or not people can smoke cigarettes in his building.Alcohol: Lower the drinking age to 18 (and lowered to 12 with parental supervision).  It's ridiculous that some American citizens can go to war but not drink alcohol.
Female Toplessness: Support its legalization in public areas like parks and buildings owned by the government.  For non-federal businesses it should be up to the owner of the business, as should the rest of the dress code.  Full nudity could be legal in designated in areas such as nude beaches, but not in all parks or other public places.Immigration: Support looser restrictions on immigration and amnesty for "illegal aliens."  However, I support making English the United States' official language.Euthanasia: Opposed to the legalization of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.  By the way, I should probably make clear the difference between the two: physician assisted suicide is when you ask the doctor for a lethal prescription and he gives it to you; euthanasia is when the doctor helps your suicidal attempt by exposing you to poison gas (much like you would do to a criminal) or putting a bag over your head to suffocate you.  The other type of euthanasia, where you exterminate people without their consent (say, due to a disease), should be illegal, of course-- that goes without saying.Voting: All citizens should be able to vote, including criminals and ex-criminals.  It should also be easier for an immigrant to acquire a citizenship so that his right to vote is not infringed.  I also support lowering the voting age to 16.Presidential Qualifications: Get rid of the rule that says only people born in America can be President; it's unnecessary and discriminatory.  Property Rights: That recent Supreme Court case where the liberals on the court came up with some imaginary law that renders the government Communist was one of the greatest invasions of freedom that the United States has seen in recent years.  Obviously, if you own a building, the government can't just take it over for its own purposes.Censorship: Basically opposed in general.  No federal regulation of TV programs, video games, music albums, etc.  Internet wise, the only thing that comes to mind that they should really crack down on is child pornography, and that is finding out the source of the material and giving them one hell of a punishment.  Strongly opposed to Internet filtering in public schools and libraries.
Pornography: Only depicting consenting adults 18 and over; people 16 and over should be able to purchase it.
Term Limits: Oppose term limits on presidency (means repealing that amendment), Congressmen, and Governors (though the last should be decided by each state).
EconomicsFarm Subsidies: Support.
The Arts: Are you kidding?  No reason for the government to fund this stuff.  Some advocates of this, like Congressman Dennis Kucinich, say that the arts help strengthen the community, but it sounds like a pretty sissy excuse to me to spend taxpayer money during a deficit so that some guy can paint a picture of a triangle and call it "abstract art."Worker's Rights: I'm kind of rightwing on this one, I'll admit it.  An employer should be able to fire an employee when he wants, and it should be totally up to him who he decides to employ, not up to some "Fair Employment" committee that tells him he needs to have at least 15% of his workers be of a minority background.  However, I do support a minimum wage as one safeguard, preferably around $8/hr.  However, food and accomodation should be able to be part of a minimum wage if an employer wants, and if he were able to factor that into the eight dollars or better an hour in a satisfactory way, he should be able to do it.Departments: No more of them.  And abolish the Homeland Security and Education departments while we're at it, possibly some other ones too.  It's ridiculous how many of these we have.Socialized Medicine: Socialized healthcare should be available for those under 18 as they are not personally responsible for their parents' financial situation.  Emergency operations for adults should also be federally funded, but I mean stuff that you need in order to keep living, not something like braces, a nose job, or Viagra.Education: I'm not a fan of public education, I'll admit.  I think individual communities should have more control over what's taught in their schools.  As stated above, I advocate abolishing the Department of Education as it's a huge money waster.  Classroom attendance definitely shouldn't be compulsory.
Faith Based Initiatives: It sounds like a good idea at first, for churches to provide welfare services, but I have examined the issue closer and it's not satisfactory.  Churches are not able to preach any religious content, so from a Christian point of view, it is a violation of freedom of speech and religion, and from a liberal point of view, sanctioning religious welfare is discrimination against people who are not religious.  On the welfare issue as a whole, I am leftwing, and believe it should stay in the hands of the government, not churches (assuming that these restrictions on preaching to those who are served by the churches stay).Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Fully opposed to the funding of this, as well as being morally and ethically opposed to the research itself.Social Security: Undecided.  Both the left and right have good arguments on this one and I'm not really inclined either way.  Anyone care to convince me why their view is the best?Space: Support federal funding of missions, exploration, etc.
Foreign Policy
Weapon Treaties: Support treaties against chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons.
Iraq: I opposed the invasion, but now that we're there we'd better stay until we can clean this thing up.  Of course, we'll need to provide adequate services for our Veterans who come home with no place to go.United Nations: The United States should not pull out.  But no, we should not need the approval of the United Nations to go to war-- though it would be nice.  But if we don't have their approval, that shouldn't stop us if we actually have to go to war for a valid reason.
damn man. we agree on almost everything. I agree with you more than i disagree with you on 35 of 38 topics. a few differences:
1. physician assisted suicide should be legal (if patient is consenting)
2. prostitution should be legal but government regulated
3. hard drugs such as crack and LSD should not be legal for recreational use
4. i agree that we need to cut back on departments but disagree that we need to eliminate all of them
5. education.....i like our public schools (despite going to private schools). I also think that the government should fund higher education. 6. Stem cell research - I am morally torn but believe that it helps more than it harms. 7. guns: certain guns should be banned such as those that pierce bullet proof vests + machine guns
PS: sorry bout the compactness i ran out of room


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Max Power on July 27, 2005, 07:58:13 pm
Using Emsworth's List
Social Issues

General philosophy: Moderate-Liberal-Libertarianism

Separation of church and state: I strongly support the seperation of church and state, but oppose removing 'under god' from the pledge and 'in god we trust' from coins.

Freedom of speech: I strongly support a freedom of speech, and I oppose movie and video game ratings, and CD warning labels.

Right to an abortion: I support an absolute right to an abortion.

Affirmative action: Very strongly oppose

Gun rights: Support with a few restrictions, but mostly a states' rights issue.

Civil unions or gay marriage: I support gay marriage 103.637%

Euthanasia: Undecided, but lean towards support.

Prostitution: Support legalization 101.12%.

Capital punishment: Unconstitution as 'cruel and unusual punishment'. So oppose with the exception of Terrorists, and child murders like the one in George W. Bush's article.

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Capitalism.

Employers and Employees: I support allowing people to sue employers for firing them based on race, gender, and sexual orientation. I also support allowing employers to sue workers for the same, except replace firing with harrassing.

Taxation: Flat tax around 15%. 5% for the poorest people.

Spending: Cut spending on meaningless programs, spend less on welfare, absolutely eliminate farming subsidies.

Free trade: Support 102.45637%.

Funding of the space program: Support.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Hawkish Dove

Iraq: Opposed do to the fact that now we see the reasons for going there were lies.

Neoconservatism: What do you mean?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: nini2287 on July 27, 2005, 08:22:35 pm
Updated list

Social Issues

General philosophy: Pretty much issue-by-issue

Separation of church and state: Compelete separation.  No public displays of religion (10 commandments, school prayer, etc.)

Freedom of speech: I believe in the right to publish whatever but with strict adherance to movie, TV and video game ratings.

Right to an abortion: Oppose in all cases except to save the mother's life.

Affirmative action: Oppose it in the workplace (esp. government), support limited affirmative action on college campuses for diversity purposes.

Gun rights: Should be left up to the states, or in some cases (like Pennsylvania) local or county level.

Civil unions or gay marriage: I personally strongly support gay marraige and am undecided on whether it should be determined on a state level or not.

Euthanasia: Support in the case of an explicitly stated living will, otherwise oppose.

Prostitution: Keep illegal

Capital punishment: Unconstitutional.  Illegal on all grounds.

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Progressive capitalism.

Employers and Employees:Employers should have the right to fire an employee for whatever reason they want outside of race.  Employers must recognize the right of employees to unionize.

Taxation: Income tax should be slightly more progressive.

Spending: Cut excess internal government spending.  Oppose most other cuts except for purely bureaucratic programs that serve no purpose.

Free trade: Support only to developed countries.

Funding of the space program: Continue to fund.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Cautious peacelover

Iraq: I was always opposed to the war with and without hindsight.  However, now that we are in Iraq we cannot leave and allow Iraq to become a terrorist haven.  No timetable should be set for withdrawal.  If absolutely necessary, there should be a draft.

Neoconservatism: Formerly opposed, but starting to understand it a bit more.  Still disagree but ask me again in a year.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Max Power on July 27, 2005, 08:35:00 pm
damn man. we agree on almost everything.
We need to give ourselves a new political category. ;)  Not quite populist, not quite libertarian.  What do you think?
Poputarian?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: MHS2002 on July 27, 2005, 09:02:56 pm
I think I'll update this as well:

Social Issues

General philosophy: Lean Conservative

Abortion: Strongly oppose in all cirumstances.

Separation of Church and State: There should not be an established religion, however I don't support the total separation of church and state. A local city hall that has a nativity scene should be allowed to keep such a scene up.

Marriage: Oppose any changes to the definition of marriage as it stands today. Oppose FMA. Would consider civil unions for homosexual couples or government out of marriage altogether. Unsure on how to vote on VA constitutional amendment in November.

Affirmative Action: Oppose for the most part.

Gun Control: Oppose for the most part, support 2nd Amendment.

Death Penalty: Support keeping it legal but the death penalty should be administered in only the most serious of circumstances.

Censorship: Some restrictions on public TV/radio waves, little restriction on pay TV/radio. Support some filtering of the internet at public schools and libraries.

Flag burning: Opposed to a law/amendment to ban flag burning

Hate crimes: Opposed to hate crimes legislation.

Hate speech: Generally opposed to hate speech legislation, although if you get your a** kicked, it happens.

Smoking: Opposed to laws that restrict where and when a person can smoke. This is a decision to be left up to the owner and the consumer.

Alcohol consumption: Support lowering the age to 19.

Euthanasia: Oppose legalization of euthanasia.

Drugs: Oppose legalization in general, willing to accept legalization of marajuana but little else.

Gambling: Support its legalization.

Prostitution: Oppose its legalization.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Oppose for the most part, if someone makes a good argument I might change my mind.

Immigration: Support increasing the ease with which skilled and unskilled immigrants can enter the country, provided they have no criminal record. Those who enter illegally should be sent back.


Economic Issues

General Philosophy: Conservative for the most part

Taxes: Top rate should be about 35%. Make deficit cuts a priority before tax cuts right now.

Unions: Support right to work laws.

Free trade: Support in almost all circumstances.

Spending: Cut unnecessary/wasteful/pork-barrel spending, cut farm subsidies, cut Medicare drug benefit, reform Medicare and Medicaid as a whole before they get out of hand. Wouldn't mind starting the whole budgetary process from scratch to be honest.

Social Security: Support some privatization measures.

Workers' Rights: Oppose the government telling business who they can and can not hire and fire. If you're fired for any reason other than poor performance, your employers will inevitably suffer and the market will give them what they deserve.

Space Program: Would support funding the thing if it was shown there was some use from the program.

Welfare: Temporary safety net in place for those that inevitably fall on hard times. Anyone receiving welfare should either be working or looking for a job.

Healthcare: Support basic healthcare for the young (i.e. those that can't help their financial situation), support some sort of healthcare "safety net" for the elderly and the poor, opposed to Medicare drug benefit, opposed to spending money on things like Viagra.

Education: Support vouchers for low-income students, support educational decisions made at the local level, not by some bureaucrat in D.C.


Foreign Issues

General Philosophy: #1 goal should be the protection of American citizens. However, U.S. should make efforts to assist other countries when it is feasible.

Democracy and Trade: Democracies that engage in economic trade rarely go to war with one another, would support efforts to make this a reality.

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: Support for chemical/biological, oppose for nuclear

United Nations: Reform, don't leave the United Nations. U.N. is a fairly inefficient body as well.

Iraq: Support then, support now. Don't leave until the job is 100% complete.

Israel: Strong supporter of Israel.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: ilikeverin on July 27, 2005, 09:06:17 pm
Overall Philosophy: Characterised by general irrationality.  Generally holds position because they're 'nice' or 'right', not because they're 'correct' or 'rational'.  Stubbornly clings to positions in spite of evidence to the contrary.  Positions are not typically as in depth as it would appear.  Most likely does not have a single original idea; instead, he picks and chooses things from other people that he likes and attempts to fashion something from them.

Social Issues

General philosophy: Social Liberal, not Libertarian.

Separation of church and state: It's a good thing! :)  'Under God' should remain in the pledge, though, and if someone wants to substitute 'Under Allah' or 'Under Satan' or 'Under The Supreme Waffle Kitten' or even 'Under The Sky', that's fine and dandy.  'In God We Trust' should remain on money because no one cares what's on their money, just that they have the money :P

Freedom of speech: It's good?  Not much else to say.  Could you provide specific examples?

Right to an abortion: First two trimesters good :)  third trimester bad :( except for rape, incest, or health of the mother or child/fetus/whatever.

Affirmative action: Mostly oppose, switch to class-based AA, I think.  Something.  It shouldn't be as major as it is.

Gun rights: EVIL! :P  I oppose ownership of the majority of firearms.  I mean the vast majority.  Hunting stuff only, and even then I oppose the barbaric slaughter of animals except for food or thinning the herd if it's for their own good.

Civil unions or gay marriage: Civil unions for all.  Marriage is a religious affair.

Euthanasia: Leaning towards support, but I'm mostly neutral.

Prostitution: No legalization.  Focus on prosecuting pimps, not the prostitutes.

Capital punishment: Abolish entirely.  And, yes, that means everything, even <insert child molester/rapist/murderer/terrorist here>

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Mainstream liberal; some goliath government programs created, but I mostly oppose state-owned business.

Employers and Employees: Err...

Taxation: Progressive income tax, 0% for the poorest, I think, and something like 30% for the richest.  That OK?

Spending: Nationalised healthcare good.  Public educaiton good.  It's good to absolutely gut pork from budgets, and I think most administration would be streamlined and made more efficient.

Free trade: Neutral; I think it'd be great in an ideal world but sometimes you need controls.

Funding of the space program: Excellent for new scientific advances.  Could we make it less cumbersome, somehow?

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Dove with a humanitarian interventionism streak

Iraq: Now that we're in there, we'd better stay for the long haul.  Otherwise, we'd just abandon Iraq to anarchy, and that wouldn't be good :(

Neoconservatism: I support invading the nation of Neoconservatism :D


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: WalterMitty on July 27, 2005, 10:48:23 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: generally liberal

Separation of church and state: support.  however, the leftists have taken it to an extreme.

Freedom of speech: strongly support in all cases

Right to an abortion: i support keeping abortion legal

Affirmative action: support.

Gun rights: i favor sensible gun control measures.

Civil unions or gay marriage: strongly support gay marriage.

Euthanasia: i have mixed feelings

Prostitution: Keep illegal

Capital punishment: strongly oppose

Economic Issues

General philosophy: staunch capitalist

Employers and Employees:  the 'contract' between an employee and an employer is voluntary at both ends

Taxation: taxes should be kept as low as possible.  i strongly support abolishing the capital gains tax.  it is the most evil tax that exists.

Spending: cut all non-essential spending to the bone.  the government should only be involved in the essentials (ie defense)

Free trade: strongly, strongly, strongly support.

Funding of the space program: the space program should be privatized.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: generally a hawk.  i certainly support the idea of an american hegemony.

Iraq: strongly support.  next up: syria!

Neoconservatism: i tend to agree with the foreign policy objectives of neo-conservatism (i have a bit of a zionist streak myself).  however, the neo-conservative's acceptance of socialist economic policies is sickening.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Nation on July 28, 2005, 12:04:32 am
My attitude and personality is a bit more lewd/abrasive than my actions -- unless you get some alcohol in me.


Over time and up to this point, I'd say I subscribe to a generally capitalist economic philosophy. For the most part --- I support Bush's (attempted) reformation of social security, I support low taxes, and getting rid of useless social programs and the pork that goes with them.

I also believe the debt shouldnt get too high, for even if it's impact is overblown by some liberals, it must be considered and be dealt with.

The WTO/IMF I don't have a problem with. Free trade rocks.

When you cut taxes, you should probably cut spending as well.

I have a firm belief that strict constructionalists are the best fit for the supreme court -- people like Scalia and Rehnquist. However, if a president simply appoints a qualified candidate who has a strong understanding of the law, even if i dont agree with him on everything, ill support the candidate.

People shouldn't immediately look for any possible flaw with justices -- people who do that usually live their life in the same manner, and that's a bad way to live.

_________

That said, I believe that faith-based institutions should play a much more active role with government and charities -- I believe that Christians elected to public office have a RESPONSIBILITY to use their faith, and their beliefs in order to make government more efficient.

In Education, I believe that more money is generally a good thing for public schools, but when it becomes wasted -- it only hurts the very things it tries to help. Get the feds out of education. Repeal No Child Left Behind, and give control to education back where it belongs -- to the states, and to the local governments (even though local is where most corruption occurs, IMO)

I don't like abortion, and would NEVER encourage anyone close to me to get them. I wouldn't report them to those crazy Catholic "pregnancy crisis centers" or whatever, but I'd try and dissuade them from getting one.

They shouldn't be banned, but they should be left up to the voters of the states. Most liberal states (California, New York, probably even Florida) would legalize it anyway. I don't vote for politicians based off their abortion position anyway, which is why I respect people like Paul Sarbanes AND Rick Santorum.

I agree with WalterMitty on gun control. Sensible gun control is good -- which means VERY little gun control. Only that which is necsscary.

I could care less about gay marriage, when I think about it.

_____________

Foreign policy:

I am a moderate hawk in foreign policy. Iraq should have
 been used as a stepping stone in combating terrorism in multiple Middle Eastern countries --- instead, we're going to end up with an Iraqi civil war. This is why I do not like Bush, and this is why I stay a Democrat --- for now.

I believe in sensible defense measures though --- maintain our current spending on national security. Attack other countries only when we're gravely threatened, or when we undergo a promise to fight terrorism -- of course, the Bush administration managed to mangle that quite a bit, but whatever.

I'm a moderate Democrat, and that's how I plan to stay, unless they decide to keep f'ing up the party. Then I'll switch.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on July 28, 2005, 09:24:39 am
In many countries in Europe, your rights were basically taken away if you were a Jew.

Rights? No one had many rights back then. Round here most people had a right to farm a little strip of land and let what animals they had run around on certain stretches of open ground (the latter is still a right in places and the Government is about to get a bill passed to help maintain those areas and make our rights to them secure). That's about it... the local Baron or other petty dictator could and did make most people work for him on his fields (this applied pretty much everyone) and some people (serfs) were as good as slaves.
Oppression of the Jews and other minority grounds (including early Protestants like the Lollards) was truely horrific, but the extent of which it was motivated by religion is debatable... it was really more the nasty c***'s that ran the show looking for scapegoats for all the huge problems the Mediaeval world had.

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Name one bigger enemy to freedom that had an impact legislated religion has. 

Nazism. Communism. Totalitarianism in general.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: AuH2O on July 28, 2005, 10:00:22 am
Overall Political Philosophy: sort of eclectic mixture, most heavily influenced on the philosophical side by Oswald Spengler and George Santayana, though certainly I have respect for utility as a concept; I find Rawls distasteful. Politically my favorite is the venerable John Locke, a more recent example perhaps being Samuelson.

Issues

Social

I support:

- free speech

- drug legalization

- capital punishment

- right to keep and bear arms

- prostitution (in regulated zones)

- euthanasia (with regulation)

I oppose

- hate crimes or speech legislation

- affirmative action (including Title IX)

- gay marriage

- abortion

Economic

I support

- balanced budget amendment

- flat income tax or national sales tax

- right to work laws

- fairer trade... comparitive advantage matters, but so do strategic considerations if we let the Chinese abuse us

- greatly reduced federal spending

- more automony for the states

I oppose

- national healthcare

- national educational standards

- fees imposed by non-legislative agencies

Military/Foreign Policy

I support

- a strong military, but with fewer aircraft carriers, more light capital ships, more special forces, more space-based weapons development

- missile defense

- protecting Taiwan if attacked

- reduction in foreign aid

I oppose

- the invasion of Iraq (though I also oppose a hasty exit)

- the UN

- continued bias in favor of Israel


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: nclib on July 29, 2005, 12:02:17 am
expanded views using Emsworth's list:

Social Issues

General philosophy: Liberalism.

Separation of church and state: I strongly support the separation of church and state, including removing 'under god' from the Pledge of Allegiance (actually oppose teacher-led readings of the Pledge)

Freedom of speech: I strongly support the ACLU's position on free speech

Right to an abortion: I support a woman's right to choose, including late-term abortion, and Medicaid funding if she cannot afford it

Affirmative action: Support AA, but oppose racial quotas

Gun rights: Increase restrictions on guns

Civil unions or gay marriage: Support gay marriage, though the issue should be left to the states

Euthanasia: Support, but only with clear consent

Prostitution: Legalize, but heavily regulate

Capital punishment: Unconstitutional as 'cruel and unusual punishment'.

Public nudity Generally allowed, with some restrictions. Female toplessness always allowed.

Gambling Allowed, but government shouldn't sanction it (i.e. lotteries)

War on Drugs Treat drug addiction as a public health issue. Decriminilize all drugs.

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Socialism.

Employers and Employees: Sexual orientation, along with race, religion, gender, disability, etc. should be protected from discrimination.

Taxation: Progressive tax. No tax for the poorest people. Up to 50% for the richest.

Spending: Greatly increase spending on social programs. Increase welfare and Social Security Disability Income.

Free trade: Some tariffs are necessary.

Funding of the space program: Support, but reduce funding.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Dove

Iraq: Opposed from the beginning.

Neoconservatism: Oppose


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: RBH on July 29, 2005, 12:36:42 am
Social Issues

General philosophy: Social Libertarian

Separation of church and state: I support the current constitutional wall between organized religion and the Government. I don't care too much about if "Under God" is in the pledge or what's on our coins, because it's not unconstitutional.

Freedom of speech: I support it in it's current constitutional status. I also feel the Internet is helping more people exercise that freedom.

Right to an abortion: The status quo works for me. The government should be more concerned about reducing unwanted pregnancies than trying to find ways to restrict abortions.

Affirmative action: Favor until it's unneeded. But, we should have a fair check of that sometime soon.

Gun rights: Support it. Handguns, Shotguns, Rifles. I don't care if you like guns and I won't stop you. We should do more to crack down on illegal sales.

Civil unions or gay marriage: Civil Unions, but in a way that is basically like Gay Marriage, but maybe the details can be worked out.

Euthanasia: Support if the person who is going to die clearly wants to die.

Prostitution: Leave that up to states.

Capital punishment: Support it if it's done responsibly. It's constitutional too, in my POV. We should make sure there are ways to prevent bias due to anything other than the manner of the crime.

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Compassionate Capitalism.

Employers and Employees: Employees shouldn't have to be harrassed. Basically, if they want to sue for discrimination or harassment, that's fine.

Taxation: Raise taxes on higher income brackets. Remove loopholes. Get enough to reduce the debt and deficit.

Spending: Spend responsibly and don't cut blindly.

Free trade: I support trade where we don't get screwed and where we don't screw others. I support free and fair trade.

Funding of the space program: I'm tempted by the idea of letting private groups run some sort of space business. Also, We should make sure our space program isn't wasting money and that it's safe.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Fair but not Stupid

Iraq: Skeptical at first, Opposed now. We should remove all the troops if the Iraqi government wishes for it. We should also make sure they can deal with the terrorists and rebels in their nation. When it comes to Iraqi Democracy, I hope they can pull it off, but I suspect they may have another dictator within the next decade.

War on Terror: We should make sure that the number of people joining terrorists goes down. We should infiltrate and destroy terrorist groups. We should shut the backdoor and hammer them from the front. Bin Laden's terrorism is based on his personal interest and his personal grudges.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: dazzleman on July 29, 2005, 07:02:04 am
My attitude and personality is a bit more lewd/abrasive than my actions -- unless you get some alcohol in me.


Over time and up to this point, I'd say I subscribe to a generally capitalist economic philosophy. For the most part --- I support Bush's (attempted) reformation of social security, I support low taxes, and getting rid of useless social programs and the pork that goes with them.

I also believe the debt shouldnt get too high, for even if it's impact is overblown by some liberals, it must be considered and be dealt with.

The WTO/IMF I don't have a problem with. Free trade rocks.

When you cut taxes, you should probably cut spending as well.

I have a firm belief that strict constructionalists are the best fit for the supreme court -- people like Scalia and Rehnquist. However, if a president simply appoints a qualified candidate who has a strong understanding of the law, even if i dont agree with him on everything, ill support the candidate.

People shouldn't immediately look for any possible flaw with justices -- people who do that usually live their life in the same manner, and that's a bad way to live.

_________

That said, I believe that faith-based institutions should play a much more active role with government and charities -- I believe that Christians elected to public office have a RESPONSIBILITY to use their faith, and their beliefs in order to make government more efficient.

In Education, I believe that more money is generally a good thing for public schools, but when it becomes wasted -- it only hurts the very things it tries to help. Get the feds out of education. Repeal No Child Left Behind, and give control to education back where it belongs -- to the states, and to the local governments (even though local is where most corruption occurs, IMO)

I don't like abortion, and would NEVER encourage anyone close to me to get them. I wouldn't report them to those crazy Catholic "pregnancy crisis centers" or whatever, but I'd try and dissuade them from getting one.

They shouldn't be banned, but they should be left up to the voters of the states. Most liberal states (California, New York, probably even Florida) would legalize it anyway. I don't vote for politicians based off their abortion position anyway, which is why I respect people like Paul Sarbanes AND Rick Santorum.

I agree with WalterMitty on gun control. Sensible gun control is good -- which means VERY little gun control. Only that which is necsscary.

I could care less about gay marriage, when I think about it.

_____________

Foreign policy:

I am a moderate hawk in foreign policy. Iraq should have
 been used as a stepping stone in combating terrorism in multiple Middle Eastern countries --- instead, we're going to end up with an Iraqi civil war. This is why I do not like Bush, and this is why I stay a Democrat --- for now.

I believe in sensible defense measures though --- maintain our current spending on national security. Attack other countries only when we're gravely threatened, or when we undergo a promise to fight terrorism -- of course, the Bush administration managed to mangle that quite a bit, but whatever.

I'm a moderate Democrat, and that's how I plan to stay, unless they decide to keep f'ing up the party. Then I'll switch.

You don't sound much like a Democrat to me, man.  COME TOWARD THE LIGHT......:)


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Great Again: Big Don's Most Terrific Trade War on July 29, 2005, 02:20:12 pm
Social issues: In American terms... I´m probably liberal to very liberal. I strongly oppose the death penalty and I´m in favour of gay marriage and gun control. However, I do not particularly care about abortion rights or "affirmative action", which means I´m probably slightly in favour of it, but not that mad about it.

Economic issues: I´d say I´m bouncing back and forth between liberal and centrist, but generally center-left. Moderate socialist with some libertarian leanings. *lol*

Foreign policy issues: Uh, perhaps I would describe myself as an "pragmatic internationalist". I generally support my country´s  membership in the UN/NATO/EU etc. I´m slightly skeptical about military interventions, although I don´t rule it out as an option. I oppsed the war in Iraq, but the German troops in Afghanistan should stay there they are. I´m not a pacifist, isolationist, hawk, neo-con or follower of any other extremist ideology. :D


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: nclib on July 30, 2005, 06:44:30 pm
What's your opinion on polygamy, bigamy, and incest, N.C. Liberal?

I am generally against polygamy and bigamy unless each partner considers themself married to all the other partners (i.e. one straight man and two bisexual women). Of course, this is a very small percent of polygamous relationships.

As far as incest goes, if consensual it should be legal, but marriages should not be recognized between relatives closer than first cousins.

What are your positions on those issues, Ebowed?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Gustaf on July 30, 2005, 07:01:37 pm
These things are summaries? :P

I believe in the rights and freedoms of the individual and the responsibility within a society towards your countrymen. ;)


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Democratic Hawk on August 08, 2005, 08:30:51 am
In a nutshell:

Economics: Generally, left-of-centre - 'new' liberal/Keynesian (-4.38 on political compass); however, while I support progressive taxation, I don't believe in punitive taxation (minimum tax rate would be 5% and maximum 35%) and I favour balanced budgets

Social: Generally, mixed - but mildly populist (1.90 on political compass). Pro-life, pro-three strikes mandatory sentencing and pro-Second Amendment. Anti-death penality but take a states' rights position and pro-civil unions for same-sex couples (I oppose gay marriage) but take a states' rights position

Foreign: A committed 'Hawk' ;). UN support for military action would be preferable but if not forthcoming, I support military action without UN

Dave


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Blerpiez on August 12, 2005, 02:47:19 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: Libertarianism

Separation of church and state: Support.  Don't care about pledge or coins, but important not to favor religions

Freedom of speech: Pro freedom of speech, including legal flag burning and legal "hate speech".

Right to an abortion: Support till viability outside womb, then only in special cases

Affirmative action: Oppose based on race, support based on economic need

Gun rights: Strongly Support

Civil unions or gay marriage: Support government only recognizing civil unions

Euthanasia: Support

Prostitution: Support legalization

Capital punishment: Oppose except for mass murder and terrorism

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Moderate

Employers and Employees: Support right to fire employees, except based on race and gender.  Unfortunatelysome will take advantage of this and claim a firing was race or gender-based, but this is good in principle

Taxation: Support progressive rate, happy with taxes as present

Free trade: Support.

Funding of the space program: Support presently, but could change based on other needs

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Realist

Iraq: Opposed because I didn't think the threat was enough to justify invasion.  If it had been more, I would have supported it.  Presently I believe we should stay in and send more troops if neccessary.

Thanks for whoever made this template


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: nini2287 on October 14, 2005, 05:54:34 pm
Social Issues

Separation of church and state: Support; remove 'under God' from pledge and public Ten Commandments displays.  However, I'm ok with faith-based initatives if they are applied blindly.

Freedom of speech: Support Holmes' "clear and present danger" philosophy.  Keep flag burning legal.

Right to an abortion: Strongly oppose except to save the mother's life.

Affirmative action: Strongly oppose in hiring practice.  Somewhat support in college admissions for diversity purposes, but it is too extreme in its present form.

Gun rights: Support the 2nd amendment, though the states should be able to set policy from there.

Civil unions or gay marriage: Strongly support personally but leave the issue to the states.

Euthanasia: Support among mentally competent patients.  For the mentally impaired (such as Terri Schiavo) if a living will exists requesting it, I support euthanasia.

Prostitution: Let the states decide.  Personally I would probably oppose but I haven't thought too much about it.

Capital punishment: Strongly oppose

Economic Issues


Employers and Employees: A legally binding contract between employer and employee.  I support the right to sue over discrimination and support the right to form a union.

Taxation: Slightly make the tax brackets more progressive, but don't tax the rich into oblivion.

Spending: Scale back foreign aid and government waste.  Look for ways to downsize the bureaucracy.  Don't cut funding from most social programs.

Free trade: Support with countries with stable and strong economies (I would vote no on CAFTA).

Funding of the space program: Strongly support.

Foreign policy

Iraq: Opposed from the outset because we had bigger problems to deal with at the time (Iran, North Korea).  Now, I support remaining in Iraq until the country is fully stablized

Neoconservatism: I am opposed to nation-buliding.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Emsworth on October 16, 2005, 05:54:20 pm
Update:

Social Issues

General philosophy: Libertarianism

Separation of church and state: Very strongly support; the government should be completely neutral on all religious questions (neither pro-religion nor anti-religion)

Freedom of speech: Oppose all laws restricting the content of speech, except libel, slander, perjury, etc.; accept more restrictions when the speech is occurring on government property rather than private property

Right to an abortion: Very strongly support, although it is not constitutionally protected

Affirmative action: Very strongly oppose

Gun rights: Strongly support gun rights; oppose assault weapons bans, trigger locks, restrictions on concealed carry, etc.; oppose all federal gun control whatsoever

Civil unions or gay marriage: Support both, but the latter is preferable

Euthanasia: Strongly support

Prostitution: Support legalization

Capital punishment: Oppose

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Close to laissez-faire capitalism

Employers and Employees: Strongly support liberty of contract

Taxation: Highest tax bracket should be no more than 25-30%. The Alternative Minimum Tax should be abolished.

Spending: Cut most government spending

Free trade: Very strongly support

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Hawk; realist (as opposed to idealist)

Iraq: Opposed, not on so-called "moral grounds," but on the grounds that it destabilizes the region and costs too much

Neoconservatism: The American military exists to protect American interests, not to topple dictatorships


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Jake on October 16, 2005, 06:26:54 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: Authoritarian

Separation of church and state: I strongly oppose government actions to remove religion from public places. I believe a government body has every right to display religious items on their grounds and I strongly oppose attempts by anti-religious organizations to censor displays of religion in public.

Freedom of speech: I believe there is no blanket right to free speech. I oppose allowing free speech that incites violence or terrorist acts against the United States and I believe anyone that puts American troops in harm overseas by writing slanderous articles about them should be jailed. I oppose the Supreme Court rulings that allow the defilement of the American Flag.

Right to an abortion: I oppose any and all abortions preformed for any reason. I support criminalizing abortion on the same level as any other murder.

Affirmative action: I support income based affirmative action for public school admissions.

Gun rights: I support an unalienable right of gun ownership and usage for those citizens with a criminal background free of a felony. I oppose gun ownership by those with a history of a felony.

Civil unions or gay marriage: I oppose government recognition as gay unions as marriage and oppose adoption by gay parents. I support gay unions for two adults.

Euthanasia: Oppose any form of murder, consensual or otherwise.

Prostitution: Oppose any legalization

Capital punishment: Oppose in all cases where the life of the prisoner will not compromise security. Support replacing it with mandatory life in solitary confinement. Picture the worst prison imaginable.

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Capitalism

Employers and Employees: I oppose any attempts to regulate employee/employer regulations by a federal minimum wage and I support allowing termination of a contract for any reason the employer cares to give.

Taxation: I support a progressive tax based on around 10 brackets ranging from a low of 0% to a high of 35%. Remove all capital gains taxes, the death tax, and institute a poll tax.

Spending: Give the President the power of a line-item veto and look into a national referendum on the federal budget.

Free trade: I support free and equal trade, though tariffs are warranted in some sectors.

Funding of the space program: I support economically beneficial funding of the space program, along with possible military applications.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Realist Hawk

Iraq: Support because of the influence we've gained in the Middle East.

Neoconservatism: Oppose some of the more idealistic goals of the ideology.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: The 2nd Constitarian on October 16, 2005, 06:45:25 pm
I'm a constitarian all the way.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Max Power on October 16, 2005, 07:28:53 pm
I'm a constitarian all the way.
Oh god......


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: ilikeverin on October 17, 2005, 06:58:29 am
I'm a constitarian all the way.
Oh god......

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Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Max Power on October 17, 2005, 04:11:11 pm
I'm a constitarian all the way.
Oh god......

(http://www.lynchposters.com/images/Oh-God.jpg)
Looks more like a Spike Lee movie than a Carl Reiner movie.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Emsworth on March 05, 2006, 08:03:12 pm
Why should one person live in wealth & luxury with money to burn, while someone on the other side of town, who works just as hard or harder, live in poverty?
One could also ask: Why should one person's property be stolen in order to benefit someoen else?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: ?????????? on March 05, 2006, 08:12:16 pm
MARIJUANA – Marijuana should be legalized or at least decriminalized. It's the same as alcohol & tobacco. If it isn't legalized the only people that should be fined or be jailed should be people with heavy amounts of pot that are using it for the purpose of trafficking. Someone that just smokes recreational shouldn't be punished. There are always people that abuse things. Even with drugs illegalized, people get addicted & have the urge to try more hard drugs, but most do not. Same with alcohol. There will be alcoholics, but should we have Prohibition just because a few ruin it for the rest of us? Of course not! Someone's life shouldn't be ruined with a criminal record, because he was caught smoking weed. I'm pro-choice too – I don't think someone can force someone not to smoke pot if they want to. It's their choice, & they could put into their body whatever they want – the only person they hurt is themselves. & to those that told me – "My taxes are paying for their lung cancer bills from smoking weed," then we should also ban fast food/unhealthy food for causing obesity, cars for polluting the air & causing respiratory problems, etc.

SMOKING – Tobacco should be banned in public places because of second hand smoke. No debate here.



Nice double standard.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: opebo on March 05, 2006, 08:57:00 pm
Why should one person live in wealth & luxury with money to burn, while someone on the other side of town, who works just as hard or harder, live in poverty?
One could also ask: Why should one person's property be stolen in order to benefit someoen else?

Because 'property' is merely something which is given to someone, and protected by State power.  It is the State which created the power relationships texascindy described above, and your use of the term 'stolen' is rather silly.  A better way of putting your post would be 'Why should the State cease using force to maintain the owners in the positions of advantage over the workers?'


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Ebowed on July 12, 2006, 07:23:52 am
Overall Philosophy: Left-libertarian

Social Issues

General philosophy: Left

Separation of church and state: Support

Freedom of speech: Support; oppose banning hate speech or flag burning

Right to an abortion: Support in the first two trimesters; oppose restrictions (i.e. mandatory counseling, spousal or parental notification or consent, waiting periods, etc)

Affirmative action: Oppose in its entirety

Gun rights: Support the second amendment and concealed carry (Vermont/Alaska style); oppose common restrictions (i.e. closing the "gun show loophole" non-issue, mandatory trigger locks, assault weapons ban, waiting periods, etc)

Civil unions or gay marriage: Support full same-sex marriage & adoption rights

Euthanasia: Support physician assisted suicide or euthanasia for consenting adults

Prostitution: Oppose legalization

Capital punishment: Oppose in all instances; abolish and replace with life imprisonment

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Left-libertarian

Employers and Employees: Support employers' rights

Taxation: Increase it

Spending: Decrease it

Free trade: Support

Funding of the space program: Not particularly concerned with

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Cautious isolationism

Iraq: A mess, don't really have a clue what to do


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: opebo on July 12, 2006, 08:49:22 am
Prostitution: Oppose any legalization

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Capitalism

Apparently your irrational religion addled brain has not noticed the inconstitency in the above positions.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Bdub on July 12, 2006, 09:59:05 am
Overall Philosophy: Center

Social Issues

General philosophy: Center Left

Separation of church and state: Support

Freedom of speech: Support;

Right to an abortion: I support its legality in the first trimester.  Unsure about the second.  I am against third trimester abortions.

Affirmative action: Definetly opposed

Gun rights: Support the second amendment

Civil unions or gay marriage: Support full same-sex marriage & adoption rights

Euthanasia: I support this

Prostitution: Support legalization

Capital punishment: Heavily Support

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Center Right

Employers and Employees: Support employers' rights

Taxation: keep the same

Spending: Decrease it

Free trade: Support

Funding of the space program: I support the funding of the space program

Foreign policy

General philosophy: not sure

Iraq: We took the wrong approach with Iraq


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: adam on July 12, 2006, 05:11:55 pm
Overall Philosophy: Moderate-Conservative-Libertarian

Social Issues

General philosophy: Moderate

Separation of church and state: In a nation as religiously diverse as the United States, I feel as though it is silly and ignorant to govern with an "Iron Cross". If God wants to walk out of the sky and run for political office, then (and only then) will I take his opinions into account.

Freedom of speech: Support. It is the FIRST ammendment.

Right to an abortion: I am neutral on the abortion issue. I am not a woman, and thus will never have to worry about whether or not I should have an abortion. My general idea is, "their body, their business".

Affirmative action: A flat out violation of both civil and property rights.

Gun rights: As a gun owner, I am adamnet in my support for the second ammendment.

Civil unions or gay marriage: Also neutral, I am not gay and thus will never have to worry about it. Like abortion, "their life, their business". I personally feel however that marriage benefits should be denied to all couples of people.

Euthanasia: Undecided, I just don't really care. "Their family, their business".

Prostitution: I hate to sound redundant but, "Their body, their business". For some women, it could be all they have and they should have the right to take advantage of what they deem as an oppertunity. Allow me to quote George Carlin. "Selling is legal, ing is legal...so why is selling ing illegal?"

Capital punishment: I am probably in the top 5 most conservative on crime and capital punishment. I support a "punishment only" policy for crime, and an extention of the death penalty to include rapists and child molesters.

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Conservative

Employers and Employees: I support employers rights to hire whom they please and fire those that they deem incompetent. I do not support "freedom from firing" for employees who strike.

Taxation: I support a 15-18% flat tax.

Spending: We spend far to much in my mind. I support a 70% decrease in general spending to counteract the effects of a 60% spending increase since GWB took office.

Free trade: Support, but not with nations whom have a history of civil rights violations.

Funding of the space program: With the growing fad, and dream for some, of going on a "space vacation"...I think that partial privitisation would be an effect route to take.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Moderate

Iraq: I am glad that Saddam Hussein has been eliminated, this doens't change the fact however that he was in no way connected to 9/11. Should have stuck to Afghanistan and searching for Osama bin Laden.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: TCash101 on July 12, 2006, 05:43:11 pm

Social Issues

General philosophy: Left

Separation of church and state: Strongly support

Freedom of speech: Support

Right to an abortion: support in first trimester, opposed in third

Affirmative action: I don't approve of quotas, but otherwise support for government positions, oppose for a mandate  for private sector

Gun rights: Support the second amendment, but might favor limiting the manufacture of certain guns

Civil unions or gay marriage: Support full same-sex marriage & adoption rights

Euthanasia: support

Prostitution: hmm... I guess I don't want to make it legal, but I oppose police entrapment tactics to catch "Johns"

Capital punishment: Support as a measure to protect society, oppose as a means of enacting retribution for victims

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Center

Employers and Employees: too vague to respond- I do support right to work laws

Taxation: simplify

Spending: Decrease it in some areas

Free trade: Support

Funding of the space program: oppose- there are so many more things relevant to our existence than this- I oppose spending billions to larn about some planet beyond Pluto while people are starving on Earth. If money were not an object, sure

Foreign policy

General philosophy: support efforts at diplomacy and concensus building

Iraq: oppose Iraq war


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: afleitchأندرو on July 12, 2006, 05:56:46 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: Leftist/Libertarian

Separation of church and state: Strongly support

Freedom of speech: Strongly Support

Right to an abortion: Support in the first trimester

Affirmative action: Oppose

Gun rights: Oppose in a UK context- leave it as a state issue in the US

Civil unions or gay marriage: Support civil unions with the progression onto marriage

Euthanasia: Support

Prostitution: Let local areas decriminalise ot if they wish.

Capital punishment: Strongly Oppose

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Centre-Right

Employers and Employees: Huh?

Taxation: Reduce across the board and move towards a flat tax system.

Spending: Reduce across selected areas

Free trade: Strongly Support.

Funding of the space program: Strongly Support. We need to discover.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Humanitarian Hawk

Iraq: Support. Now waning due to anger at the excrement that poured from Blairs mouth. But we need to stay in now we are there.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on July 12, 2006, 07:12:36 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: Not really sure if I have one. See if you can spot one for me.

Separation of church and state: That depends what you mean by "seperation"; I support disestablishing the Church of England, but I don't support going as far down that road as the U.S has.

I also support the "Keep Sunday Special" campaign, but that links into other areas (not all Religious ones at that).

Freedom of speech: I support this, up to a point at least. I also support certain incitement laws.

Right to an abortion: I do not support a right to an abortion. I do think that it should be legal early on in the pregnancy (although I'm never sure where to draw the line), but I also think that other restrictions than time are needed; especially as far as genetic disorders go. Don't like abortions for those. At all. I find eugenics and so on to be utterly disgusting... and I could happily rant away about that for hours.
I also do not think that, if there is an illegal abortion, that the woman should be prosecuted.

Affirmative action: It really depends whether it is needed or not. Outright discrimination (ie; quota's, AWS and so on) I'm opposed to, though.

Gun rights: Beyond certain basic standards, this is essentially a cultural thing. What works in Birmingham, Warwickshire, may not work in Birmingham, Alabama. And vice versa.

Civil unions or gay marriage: I support civil unions/partnerships/call 'em what tha' will.

Euthanasia: Oppose in principle. The edges of the issue are more complicated.

Prostitution: Tolerate (but do not actually legalise) certain brothels, but crack down on street prostitution. Big jail terms for pimps.

Capital punishment: Strongly oppose; the State should not kill.

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Socialism (of various old fashioned strands)

Employers and Employees: Strong supporter of Trade Unions and the rights of their members (ie; while I think it should be illegal to fire workers on strike, I also think that all strikes should be balloted. And so on and so forth). I dislike state paternalism (which I think weakens all sides) and over-tight labour regulations (it is the role of Unions to protect their members. And they do a much better job than anyone else would) and support things like ACAS.

Taxation: I support taxation as a way to raise money to redistribute (hey, there's nowt wrong with a little honesty). I do not support using taxes to redistribute; it just don't work, and you end up with less money to do serious redistribution.
I support a progressive/whateveryeshallcallit income tax, but am open to the idea that people that do white collar jobs should be taxed at a higher rate than people who do skilled trades/engineering/healthcare/etc jobs.
I can't say that I especially care whether taxes are high or low; the important thing is to raise money without causing damage to the economy.

Spending: I strongly support useful spending, but equally strongly oppose useless spending; the main thing is to redistribute as much as can be got away with, while making sure that public services are good. As such, waste (real waste) is the proverbial enemy.

Free trade: Support in principle and up to a point. I think we need to be fairer to all involved though (so no dumping sugar mountains on third world countries).

Funding of the space program: support

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Anti-Genocide

Iraq: Did not really support, did not really oppose, did not believe things said by either those in favour or opposed to it, did not like a lot of the people involved in the anti-war thing, did/do not like the hypocrisy, do not approve of the Post-War planning or lack of it, think that Rumsfeld should be fired (from a cannon), think the fact that Iraq has had elections is a very good thing, think it looks disturbingly like Northern Ireland in certain respects, think that both sides (ie; in the West) should try to be a little more honest (this is not hard) and so on and so forth.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: 2,868,691 on July 13, 2006, 10:58:02 am
Social Issues

General philosophy: Liberal

Separation of church and state: Support

Freedom of speech: Support.  Flag burning should be legal.  Fred Phelps' sh**t should not be.

Right to an abortion: First trimester legal.  Second, leave to the states.  Third trimester illegal.

Affirmative action: Oppose, but I don't have an objective eye since I've been personally harmed by it.  Slave reparations are a better solution, I think.

Gun rights: I support gun rights for hunting, sport shooting, etc.  I also support common sense things like trigger locks, background checks, waiting periods, bans on cop-killer bullets, and restriction of firearms that have no purpose but to kill someone with.

Civil unions or gay marriage: Gay marriage.  An acceptable compromise would be repeal DOMA, but let each state decide whether to have gay marriage performed in itself--a backhanded way of gay marriage everywhere, I guess.

Euthanasia: Unsure

Prostitution: Should be illegal, but let each local area decide for itself

Capital punishment: Strongly Oppose

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Liberal

Employers and Employees: Employers can hire whoever they want.

Taxation: Reduce for middle and low class, raise for the rich.

Spending: Increase spending in education and social programs

Free trade: Not sure.  Not at expert, or even a novice on the issue.

Funding of the space program: Dramatically increase.  Perhaps the most important thing we do.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Dove

Iraq: Withdraw


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 11, 2006, 10:41:29 am
Overall Beliefs: Hardcore Conservative

Seperation of Church and State: While the federal government shouldn't support one religion in particular, activist judges shouldn't be able to rid society of religion (ex. nativity scenes, 10 commandment postings)

Freedom of Speech: While people have a free speech rights, things such as flag burning that so disrespect for the country on a whole should not be allowed.  Any speech that poses an imminent threat (death threats, flag burning) should not be allowed.

Abortion: Do people not realize that the fetus will grow into a person?  Adoption is the option, not murder.  Doctors and patients who conspire on abortions should be charged w/felony convictions

Affirmative Action: Why should this generation suffer for something another generation did?  The most qualified people deserve what they get, you shouldn't get an advantage b/c of race, when it boils down to it its racism.

Guns: Guns don't kill people, abortion clinics do!  Every America deserves the right to own a gun if they don't have a prior felony.  The bad guys are gonna get the guns, shouldn't the good guys stand a fighting chance?  And hunting controls overpopulation which will lead to more problems.

Gay Marriage: Absolutley NO!  Marriage has been between a man and woman since the beginning of time.  The point is stopping gay marriage is not as much that's it gay marriage, it's that it opens the door to polygamy and people marrying animals.  Marriage is fine as it is now and should not be changed because of radical judges.  America must keep some morals.

Euthanasia: Again, MURDER.  Only God can decide when life should begin and end, doctors should stop playing God.

Capital Punishment: Support, you might say I'm hypocritical, but it is killing an evil human, not an innocent child or sickly person.

Economic

General: Conservative

Employers and Employees: Same as affirmative action, hire the most qualified person, not by skin color or gender, again racism

Taxiation: Breaks for all people, no one should be paying more so that people, like illegal immigrants with legal relatives can live off you.  Why should I pay because people mess up their lives, did I mess it up?  And how do you expect those people to get jobs if employers are paying such high taxes?  Give the employers more money they can give more jobs and money to the poor.

Spending: Cut spending, completly delete the welfare system and abolish teacher's unions.  Pay them for what they work, half the year, not full year salaries because the union bosses told you to.

Unions:  The most harmful thing to America other than the ACLU

Free Trade:  Allow it

Space: Don't we have enough problems on Earth?

Foreign Policy

Overall: Hawk

Iraq: Stay the course and make sure at the end of the day Democracy reigns in the middle east

I'm going to add some more, people can add these to their beliefs:

Energy: We need to develop alternative fuels, but for the meantime we need to drill in ANWR

Health Care:  I shouldn't be the people's responsibility to pay for other's people's health insurance.

Immigration:  Border fence, mass deportation of illegals and felony convictions for hiring them




Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: ?????????? on August 11, 2006, 11:18:25 am
^^^^^My kind of rightie!


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: jerusalemcar5 on August 11, 2006, 11:57:40 am
Social Issues

General philosophy: Hard-Core Liberal

Separation of church and state: Strongly Support

Freedom of speech: Strongly Support.

Right to an abortion: First trimester legal.  Second, using Bush doctrine (rape, incest, save mother's life). Third, save mother's life.

Affirmative action: Support.

Gun rights: Very limited.  Ban semi and automatic weaponry.  Strong checks on handgun possession and strict penalties who illegally possess guns. 

Civil unions or gay marriage: Gay marriage, of course.

Euthanasia: Strongly support.  People have the right to die.

Prostitution: I am open to a restricted legal industry.

Capital punishment: Strongly Oppose.  It still is murder, plain and simple.  The state should be chraged with murder.

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Leftist

Employers and Employees: Private employers should not discriminate based on race, gender, or other factors.

Taxation: Reduce for middle and low class, raise for the rich.

Spending: Increase spending in education and social programs, sharply decrease defense spending.

Free trade: Support only with countries that have labor laws upt to par with our own.

Funding of the space program: Decrease a little.  Focus only on possibilities of other planet inhabitation.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Liberal-Focus on diplomacy and international forums

Iraq: Phased withdrawl.  There is nothing we can do except wrosen the crisis.

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Energy-Boost train industry and other mass public transportation indutries (through funding to increase the numbe rof routes and vehicles).  Hike gas taxes to boost revenue and get people to start using mass transport so that gas consumption severly decreases.  Never drill in ANWR-it will lead little gas and a lot of environmental destruction

Health Care-Universal.  It is every person's responsibility to help those less fortunate in their society.  At the very least, control insurance companies profits since private insurance companies are horrifically corrupt and greedy.

Immigration-Sharply decrease immigration regulations.  Amnesty for illegals.  Completely abolish quotas.  Harsh penalties for failure to pay taxes for new immigrants.
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Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: nini2287 on August 11, 2006, 01:09:11 pm
Overall Beliefs: Moderate Libertarian

Social

General:  Moderate Liberal

Seperation of Church and State: There should be no state-sponsored religion.  I'm opposed to displays of religious symbols on public buildings and teacher-led school prayer.

Freedom of Speech: Strongly support.  Flag burning should be legal.  Fred Phelps should be a free man.  Oppose only in cases of imminent danger.

Abortion: Abortion is murder, so strongly oppose in all cases except to save the mother's life.

Affirmative Action: Favor LIMITED affirmative action, race, geographic and socio-economically based in undergraduate college admissions.  America's top colleges shouldn't look a Connecticut country club.

Guns: Gun control should be dealt with on a state or local level.  Maryland and Montana don't need the same laws.

Gay Marriage:  There's no reason why two people in love should not be able to marry.  As Kinky Friedman would say, "Let them be miserable with the rest of us.

Euthanasia: Should be legal, both on one's own and physican-assisted.

Capital Punishment: Strongly oppose, but support life sentences in harsh prisons.

Wiretapping/PATRIOT Act:  Support to prevent another 9/11 from occuring.

Economic

General: Moderate Conservative

Employers and Employees: Employers and employees should be free to apply, hire, fire and quit at will.

Taxiation: Cut taxes on small business and the lower tax brackets.  All other income taxes are fine for the time being.  Also keep the estate tax until the national debt is paid off.

Spending: Eliminate wasteful pork and bureaucracy.  Refund (at least partially) all social security payments.  Abolish Medicare and expand Medicaid to include more senior citizens.

Unions:  Support the right to unionize but some unions are too strong (auto workers).

Free Trade:  Should be followed except in cases of egregious human rights abuses or where the effects would be drastically negative for the American economy.

Space: Keep exploring.

Energy:  Work to achieve energy independence as quickly as possible by addressing both supply and demand issues.  Better fund mass transportation and explore alternative fuels.  Oppose any ANWR drilling.

Foreign Policy

Overall: Moderate

Iraq: It was a mistake to invade in 2003 and drain our resources from fighting real threats (Iran, North Korea, Syria).  However, it would be foolish to withdraw now and let the country fall into Civil War and chaos and make Iraq a training ground for terrorists.

Immigration:  Illegal immigrants for the most part are just coming to America to make a better life for themselves and their families that Mexico cannot provide for them.  Strengthen border security to keep the criminals, human traffickers and drug lords out, but let law-abiding immigrants into this country and treat them as people and let them go on a path towards citizenship.

Other Middle East:  Hezbollah, other terror groups in the region-and their backers, Iran and Syria need to be stopped by all means possible to let democracy flourish in the area.  Hopefully, the UN will support action because the US military is unable to help presently due to being tied down in Iraq.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: MHS2002 on August 11, 2006, 01:20:56 pm
I think I'll update this as well (topics are from beginning of thread):

Social Issues

General philosophy: Lean Conservative

Abortion: Strongly oppose in all cirumstances.

Separation of Church and State: There should not be an established religion, however I don't support the total separation of church and state. A local city hall that has a nativity scene should be allowed to keep such a scene up.

Marriage: Oppose any changes to the definition of marriage as it stands today. Oppose FMA. Would consider civil unions for homosexual couples or government out of marriage altogether. Unsure on how to vote on VA constitutional amendment in November.

Affirmative Action: Oppose for the most part.

Gun Control: Oppose for the most part, support 2nd Amendment.

Death Penalty: Support keeping it legal but the death penalty should be administered in only the most serious of circumstances.

Censorship: Some restrictions on public TV/radio waves, little restriction on pay TV/radio. Support some filtering of the internet at public schools and libraries.

Flag burning: Opposed to a law/amendment to ban flag burning

Hate crimes: Opposed to hate crimes legislation.

Hate speech: Generally opposed to hate speech legislation, although if you get your a** kicked, it happens.

Smoking: Opposed to laws that restrict where and when a person can smoke. This is a decision to be left up to the owner and the consumer.

Alcohol consumption: Support lowering the age to 19.

Euthanasia: Oppose legalization of euthanasia.

Drugs: Oppose legalization in general, willing to accept legalization of marajuana but little else.

Gambling: Support its legalization.

Prostitution: Oppose its legalization.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Oppose for the most part, if someone makes a good argument I might change my mind.

Immigration: Support increasing the ease with which skilled and unskilled immigrants can enter the country, provided they have no criminal record. Those who enter illegally should be sent back.


Economic Issues

General Philosophy: Conservative for the most part

Taxes: Top rate should be about 35%. Make deficit cuts a priority before tax cuts right now.

Unions: Support right to work laws.

Free trade: Support in almost all circumstances.

Spending: Cut unnecessary/wasteful/pork-barrel spending, cut farm subsidies, cut Medicare drug benefit, reform Medicare and Medicaid as a whole before they get out of hand. Wouldn't mind starting the whole budgetary process from scratch to be honest.

Social Security: Support some privatization measures.

Workers' Rights: Oppose the government telling business who they can and can not hire and fire. If you're fired for any reason other than poor performance, your employers will inevitably suffer and the market will give them what they deserve.

Space Program: Would support funding the thing if it was shown there was some use from the program.

Welfare: Temporary safety net in place for those that inevitably fall on hard times. Anyone receiving welfare should either be working or looking for a job.

Healthcare: Support basic healthcare for the young (i.e. those that can't help their financial situation), support some sort of healthcare "safety net" for the elderly and the poor, opposed to Medicare drug benefit, opposed to spending money on things like Viagra.

Education: Support vouchers for low-income students, support educational decisions made at the local level, not by some bureaucrat in D.C.


Foreign Issues

General Philosophy: #1 goal should be the protection of American citizens. However, U.S. should make efforts to assist other countries when it is feasible.

Democracy and Trade: Democracies that engage in economic trade rarely go to war with one another, would support efforts to make this a reality.

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: Support for chemical/biological, oppose for nuclear

United Nations: Reform, don't leave the United Nations. U.N. is a fairly inefficient body as well.

Iraq: Support then, support now. Don't leave until the job is 100% complete.

Israel: Strong supporter of Israel.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Josh/Devilman88 on August 11, 2006, 01:51:34 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: Conservative

Separation of church and state: Oppose

Freedom of speech: Strongly Support.

Right to an abortion: I only support it in cases of rape and life and death cases.

Affirmative action: Strongly Oppose.

Gun rights: Oppose, we have the right to have guns, but I think we should have better systems to check backgrounds on the people who are bying them. 

Civil unions or gay marriage: Strongly Oppose on gay marriage, unsure on Civil unions.

Euthanasia: What ever.

Prostitution: Strongly Oppose.

Capital punishment: Strongly Support. 

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Leftist

Employers and Employees: Private employers should not discriminate based on race, gender, or other factors.

Taxation: Reduce for middle and low class, keep or raise for the rich.

Spending: Increase spending in education and social programs and education spending.

Free trade: Support only with countries that have labor laws up to par with our own. (Has human rights laws)

Funding of the space program: Keep the same.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Central

Iraq: Stay in as long as need, but decrease the amount of soliders there.

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Energy- Start look for other sources then oil.

Health Care- The Government should only help those who can't afford it.

Immigration-Sharply decrease the number immigration. They are taking our jobs and living off our tax payers.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Jake on August 11, 2006, 02:07:40 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: Strong Conservative

Abortion: Strongly oppose in all cirumstances.

Separation of Church and State: I don't see anything wrong with religious displays by the government, as long as Congress doesn't attempt to influence how or what people worship. State governments should be free to establish or promote religion.

Marriage: I'd support the Federal Marriage Amendment, though I'm not very hostile to civil unions, as long as adoption rights are removed from the equation.

Affirmative Action: Oppose race based. I can see a reason for socio-economic based AA.

Gun Control: I support a nationwide gun registry with significant background checks, but I oppose trigger locks and limitations on what types of weapons can be owned; i.e. anything above an automatic weapon should remain banned, but I have no problem with automatic weapons that are registered. Major penalties for gun related crimes however.

Death Penalty: I'm morally opposed, but I can support keeping it legal as long as DNA evidence is a must.

Censorship: I support restricting objectionable content from non-pay radio and TV stations. Libraries and other government agencies should be allowed to enact strict filtering policies.

Flag burning: Strongly supportive of a flag burning amendment.

Hate crimes: Opposed to hate crimes legislation.

Hate speech: Opposed to hate speech legislation.

Smoking: I support public smoking bans; i.e. on the streets, subways, sidewalks, etc. Private property bans should be up to the owner.

Alcohol consumption: Support lowering the age to 19 and drastically increasing penalties for driving under the influence.

Euthanasia: Oppose legalization of euthanasia.

Drugs: I support the decriminalization of the use of marijuana, though the sale of marijuana should remain illegal.

Gambling: Support its legalization and oppose separate rights for Indian casinos.

Prostitution: Oppose its legalization.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Oppose embryonic stem cell research, and federal funding for it.

Immigration: Support opening our borders to more immigrants with a zero tolerance policy once they are here. Illegal immigrants should be eligible to become legal residents in exchange for a special tax payable over a certain period. No services should be provided to illegal aliens.


Economic Issues

General Philosophy: Moderate, though all over the board mostly.

Taxes: Taxes should be shouldered by all members of society, and I generally support to removal of capital gains taxes and an expansion of the income tax. Lower income workers should gain additional exemptions.

Unions: Oppose anything giving unions legal rights at all. Support expanding employer's right to fire employees without cause.

Free trade: Support in almost all circumstances. Should not be connected with anything but our economic benefit.

Spending: Deficits are fine for pressing reasons; i.e. war, recession, etc, but I oppose wasteful domestic spending or congressional pet projects. President should have a line item veto.

Social Security: Oppose privatization, and I think it should be turned into a low income retirement scheme.

Workers' Rights: Employment should come with a contract detailing salary, benefits, expected work, and conditions under which termination of employment can occur. The contract should be followed. I oppose laws blocking firing employees based on non-work related reasons.

Space Program: I support a level of space spending that allows the US to maintain or military and civilian satellite net. I support basing weapons in space.

Welfare: Support generally, though benefits should be tied to attempting to better your position through education or work experience. Abuses should be punished harshly.

Healthcare: US health care needs a top-bottom reform, as it's clear that our mixed public-private system with intense regulation is not successful in the least. I oppose universal health care being instituted as a band-aid program over our current system. Support strict limits on medical malpractice cases.

Education: Federal government's role should be as the funder of education. All decisions on school management and curriculum should be made at the school district level. Vouchers should be an option for all students.

Foreign Issues

General Philosophy: Promotion of US interests in the world. "Realist"

Democracy and Trade: Trade should not be dependent on democracy, civil rights, or political freedoms.

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: Oppose nuclear weapons bans and space weapons bans.

United Nations: Support the removal of Security Council veto powers as a start.

Iraq: Rebuild the country and attempt to introduce democratic reforms where possible.

Israel: Give Israel a blank check to "reform" the Middle East.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: jerusalemcar5 on August 11, 2006, 02:18:30 pm
Immigration-Sharply decrease the number immigration. They are taking our jobs and living off our tax payers.

Oh my goodness. That's something I'd only expect to come from jake or Carl Hayden's mouth.  "They" take "our" jobs.  What the hell?  Immigrants are Americans as well.  Most pay taxes while a lot of natural born Americans do not.  It is restrictions on immigration that leads to illegal immigration where these immigrants don't pay texas and are forced to hide to avoid deportation.  If we allowed more people to come in legally we could keep better track of them.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Brandon H on August 11, 2006, 03:14:59 pm
Overall: Paleo-Conservative

Social Issues

General philosophy: Conservative

Abortion: Strongly oppose - life begins at conception.

Separation of Church and State: (Besides the fact this does not appear in the Constitution.) Religious symbols are ok, but one religion should not be favored over another.

Marriage: Marraige should be left to the churches, not the government.

Affirmative Action: Oppose.

Gun Control: Anyone who owns a gun should make sure they are in control of it.

Death Penalty: Overused, but appropriate in some circumstances. Person should not spend more than 10 years on death row.

Censorship: Job of the parents, not government, though certain content should contain a warning.

Flag burning: Should not be illegal, but won't feel sorry if something bad happens to someone who does burn the flag.

Smoking: Should be legal on private property.

Alcohol consumption: Lower to 18.

Euthanasia: Oppose.

Drugs: Unsure.

Gambling: Lower to 18.

Prostitution: Oppose.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Oppose.

Adult Stem Cell Research: Favor, but should not be government funded.

Immigration: Borders should be secured. Not sure what to do with the II's that are already here. Don't know who they are, where they are, or how many they are. The legal process for obtaining a green card and citizenship should be easier.

USA PATRIOT Act: Oppose for U.S. Citizens.

Selective Service & Draft: Should be eliminated; unConstitutional.
 
Economic Issues

General Philosophy: Conservative.

Taxes: Income tax should be lowered. Support sin-tax and "entertainment tax". Would support corporate taxes, but it would be ineffective - cost would be passed on to customers.

Spending: Lowered. Many services provided by the federal government would be more efficient if provided by state and local governments.

Unions: Workers should be allowed to organize, but should not be granted any special rights.

Free trade: Oppose Bush Quasi Free Trade. Mixed on Real Free Trade. We should purchase from where they are the cheapest, but the trade deficit is not good for the country.

Social Security: Make optional and phase out over time; make sure anyone who paid into system is given back what they put in.

Workers' Rights: Workers should have rights.

Space Program: Support

Welfare: Limited support at State level.

Healthcare: Oppose socialized healthcare, but accept the fact that some people can not pay for it themself, so state should provide healthcare if necessary. Frivilous lawsuits are partially responsible for increase in costs.

Education: Should be funded by state and local governments.

Copyrights & Patents: Should harder to get something approved or sue for infringement. DMCA should be repealed.

Foreign Issues

General Philosophy: Realist

Democracy and Trade: Trade should benefit the U.S., but the trade deficit is hurting the country.

United Nations: U.S. should withdraw and they should find a new home.

WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA, WIPO, FTAA, GATT: U.S. should withdraw from these organizations and any other that threatens American Sovereignty.

Iraq: Shouldn't have gone in the first place, but now that we are there, we need to finish the job. Should have finished the job in Afghanistan before even considering going into Iraq.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Rob on August 11, 2006, 06:16:13 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: Hates Jesus

Abortion: I support the continued availability of these services, including so-called "partial-birth" abortion.

Separation of Church and State: Strongly support. Pray in church if you must, but don't shove your beliefs on others via the government.

Marriage: I support same-sex marriage. I wouldn't have a problem with government getting out of "marriage" and granting everyone civil unions, either.

Affirmative Action: Support class-based AA for college admissions.

Gun Control: Oppose, with obvious exceptions (RPGs, etc.).

Death Penalty: Oppose; there are too many innocent people on death row for me to comfortably support state-sponsored murder.

Censorship: No restrictions on radio or television content. It would also be nice if the MPAA and ESRB would fade away (I'm aware that these aren't government agencies).

Flag burning: Don't ban it, especially not with a constitutional amendment. Doesn't Congress have more important things to do?

Hate crimes: Oppose.

Hate speech: Oppose censorship.

Smoking: Don't ban public smoking, as disgusting as it is.

Alcohol consumption: Lower drinking age to 18.

Euthanasia: Keep it legal; if a person wants to take their own life, it's their business.

Drugs: Legalize everything, regulate, and tax.

Gambling: Legalize everywhere.

Prostitution: Legalize everywhere.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly, strongly support.

Immigration: Make future immigration easier; grant amnesty to undocumented workers currently in the US.

Economic Issues

General Philosophy: Communist!!!1

Taxes: Tax the hell out of the top 1 percent. Also oppose regressive sales taxes.

Unions: Strongly support the right to unionize.

Free trade: Oppose NAFTA.

Spending: Oppose corporate subsidies, cut military spending, increase social spending and foreign aid.

Social Security: Keep as is.

Workers' Rights: Workplace safety rules = good.

Space Program: Support (knowledge- even impractical knowledge- is always valuable), but I oppose the ridiculously expensive manned Mars landing that our President has proposed.

Welfare: Increase spending.

Healthcare: Support universal healthcare.

Education: Oppose vouchers, increase spending on public ed, make it easier for the poor to attend college.

Foreign Issues

General Philosophy: Blame America first

Democracy and Trade: Good things. :P

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: The fewer weapons humans can use to slaughter each other with, the better.

United Nations: Strongly support.

Iraq: Disastrous illegal war; withdraw all US troops by the end of 2007.

Israel: Cut off all military aid; work toward closer relationships with the Arab states.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Speed of Sound on August 11, 2006, 06:27:55 pm
Dude, your freakin awesome. :)


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: TexasGurl on August 11, 2006, 06:40:33 pm
Separation of church and state: keep your messiah out of my government.

Freedom of speech: Support.

Right to an abortion: On demand at anytime until the third trimester for any reason.

Affirmative action: couldn't care less, if i'm the best one for a job i'll get it.

Gun rights: Anyone should be allowed to own a gun without restrictions.

Civil unions or gay marriage: If two people are in love what does it really hurt to let them be married?

Euthanasia: Anyone should have the right to end their life at any time.

Prostitution: Should always be illegal.

Capital punishment: total B.S.

Economic Issues


Employers and Employees: All employees should have the right to strike for better conditions without the threat of being fired.

Taxation: Tax the rich more

Spending: We need to spend a helluva lot less on the military and more on helping people get out of poverty.

Free trade: oppose
Funding of the space program: Waste of money until we come up with a better and faster way to get anywhere interesting.

Foreign policy


Iraq: The right war at the wrong time and the wrong place.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: © tweed on August 11, 2006, 07:48:50 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: I don't know what to call it

Abortion: I support the legality of first-trimester abortions and illegality thereafter

Separation of Church and State: Should be extended to every individual state

Marriage: Support equal economic benefits for heterosexual and homosexual couples.

Affirmative Action: Oppose.  I don't want black people taking my jobs.

Gun Control: Support more than anyone on this forum in all likelyhood.  The second amendment should be repealed.

Death Penalty: Oppose in all circumstances.  But I don't like the "save Tookie" bullsh**t that goes on either.  He's not worth our time.

Censorship: No restrictions necessarily, but a governmental department should place a rating on every TV show, movie, and video game to allow parents to decide what to let their kids watch.

Flag burning: Sounds like fun.

Hate crimes: Oppose hate crime legislation

Hate speech: Oppose hate speech legislation

Smoking: I hate tobacco companies, so it's appealing to ban smoking, but it doesn't hurt sales so forget it.  Let property owners decide what they'd like to do inside their own property.

Alcohol consumption: Lowering drinking age to 18 is a decent start.  A 21 year old drinking age is idiotic and repressive.

Euthanasia: Technically illegal, but a slap on the wrist penalty for doctors who perform.  $75 fine.

Drugs: Lessen penalties on hard drug possession.  There should be no such thing as jail time for possession.

Gambling: Legalize everywhere with no gambling age.

Prostitution: The prostitution industry should be nationalized.  The government can make money through running brothels.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support government funding

Immigration: Amnesty for illegal immigrants.  Build a fence if that makes you feel so much better, but have private corporations build it since they're so wonderful.

Economic Issues

General Philosophy: 21st century socialism

Taxes: Raise top income tax bracket to 50% and incrementally increase after that until you get to the bottom 30%.

Unions: Union workers should be protected from being fired during strikes.  Right to work laws should be repealed.

Free trade: Oppose free trade.

Spending: Cut military spending and corporate welfare.  Add government programs that aid the poor.

Social Security: Wonderful program

Workers' Rights: Essential defense from exploitation

Space Program: Slash it

Welfare: Maintain current level of spending

Healthcare: Support universal, single payer healthcare.

Education: Oppose vouchers, increase public education spending

Foreign Issues

General Philosophy: Interventionist isolationism

Democracy and Trade: Democracy is incompatible with Islam and efforts to expand democracy to the middle east should be ended.

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: Like SALT?  Don't care, although the USA got shafted on the salts.

United Nations: Support it's existance.

Iraq: Cut and run by end of 2006

Israel: Not a big fan.  I give them their best wishes in their fight with Hezbollah and Hamas and so on.  They've been fighting for 1000+ years, it isn't going to end now.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on August 11, 2006, 10:00:24 pm
According to Jon Corzine the drinking age already is 18! :)

Moderator: Should the drinking age be lower to 18?

Corzine: Isn't it already?

Forrester: No, no, actually its not, you really should check that

LOL


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Josh/Devilman88 on August 11, 2006, 11:58:20 pm
According to Jon Corzine the drinking age already is 18! :)

Moderator: Should the drinking age be lower to 18?

Corzine: Isn't it already?

Forrester: No, no, actually its not, you really should check that

LOL

A beautiful moment indeed.

Who is that person in your sig?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Boris on August 12, 2006, 12:42:02 am
Social Issues

general philosophy: Hard to pin down, but I guess overall, I lean liberal.

Abortion: Strongly oppose in all circumstances with the usual exceptions.

Separation of Church and State: Strongly support.

Marriage: Support homosexual marriage, although I oppose homosexual adoption.

Affirmative Action: Oppose.

Gun Control: Strongly Support. The 2nd amendment sucks. Support the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Death Penalty: Oppose in all circumstances.

Censorship: Strongly oppose any censorship of the entertainment mediums. Let the viewers decide what's inappropriate and what's not.

Flag burning: Don't care.

Hate crimes: Oppose hate crime legislation

Hate speech: Oppose hate speech legislation

Smoking: Support public smoking bans.

Alcohol consumption: Don't care. Just because the drinking age is 21 doesn't mean that underage drinking isn't prevalent. It's impossible to enforce anyway.

Euthanasia: Should be illegal.

Drugs: Support decriminalization of marijuana and lessen penalities on drug posession. However, I support the War on Drugs when it comes to fighting drug traffickers and hard drugs. Nevertheless, I feel as if the War on Drugs has been mismanaged since the 1970s, and in its present form, is unwinnable.

Gambling: Should be left up to local areas.

Prostitution: Strongly support its legalization, with government regulation.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly support with government funding.

Immigration: Not very knowledgeable about this issue. I support amnesty for illegal immigrants, but we need to do something about the border. What to do, alas, is the question.

Economic Issues

General Philosophy: Moderate

Taxes: Support maintaining current tax levels for the upper brackets, while lowering taxes for the middle and lower classes.

Unions: Eh, mixed opinions. In some cases, they're good, but in other cases, they're awful.

Free trade: Generally support. Support NAFTA.

Spending: I believe in fiscal responsibility (i.e. not the current administration's viewpoint). Maintain defense spending levels, but scratch any missile defense program or any programs designed to deal with Cold War threats. Oppose "great society" type programs to help the poor, in general, although there should be some welfare.

Social Security: Oppose privitization.

Workers' Rights: Support, to a point.

Space Program: Strongly support.

Welfare: Fine as it is currently. 

Healthcare: Support universal healthcare (single-payer).

Education: increase spending, oppose vouchers.

Foreign Issues

General Philosophy: Interventionist/Hawk.

Democracy and Trade: Don't link human rights to China. It isn't economically viable and we can't do anything about it.

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: Strongly support disarmament of all nuclear weapons and efforts to stop nuclear proliferation.

United Nations: Strongly support, although it needs to be far more efficient. Nevertheless, I am a major proponent of mutli-lateralism and support working with NATO in all of our large military operations. In fact, I wouldn't engage in any large military action without support from the UK, France, and Germany.

Iraq: Eh, not much we can do but wait for the Iraqis to get strong enough to take over their own nation. Thank you Mr. President for getting us into this inescapable quagmire!

Israel: Tough one. Hezbolllah is a terrorist group, no doubt about it, but Israel's conduct during the Lebanese conflict has been awful. I guess I'd express scorn over the present conflict, but alas, I'd still support Israel. But most importantly, I'd work towards compromise and peace in the Middle east.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: CPT MikeyMike on August 14, 2006, 09:51:12 am

Social Issues

Abortion: Generally oppose but understand for rape, incest, protecting life of mother.

Separation of Church and State: Overrated – I really don’t care

Marriage: Let the states decide. What you do in the bedroom is not my business and don’t make it my business!

Affirmative Action: Oppose – strongly.

Gun Control: Strongly Support LARGO. Lawful and Responsible Gun Owners

Death Penalty: Oppose for murderers if they can have hard labor in prisons. Support it for rapists and child molesters.

Censorship: Strongly oppose any censorship of the entertainment mediums. Let the viewers decide what's inappropriate and what's not.

Flag burning: I punched a person/hippie trying to burn a flag back in ’98 so I think you know where I stand.

Hate crimes: Oppose hate crime legislation

Hate speech: Oppose hate speech legislation

Smoking: Support public smoking bans in public places

Alcohol consumption: Don't care. People are going to drink no matter what age.

Euthanasia: Should be illegal.

Drugs: Support decriminalization of marijuana.

Gambling: No opinion but it’s a bad habit.

Prostitution: No opinion

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support increased government funding.

Immigration: Build the fence between US and Mexico. Employers who wire illegal immigrants face tough financial and criminal penalties.

Economic Issues

Taxes: Eliminate all taxes and institute a national sales tax (under 3%)

Unions: Against

Free trade: Generally support. Support NAFTA.

Spending: Have a balanced budget. Military spending should be kept at current status. Eliminate programs that are “Great Society” like welfare, food stamps, medicaid etc.

Social Security:  What you put in, you get back. Support privatization.

Workers' Rights: Support, to a point.

Space Program: No opinion.

Welfare: Have it but, make it next to impossible to get. 

Healthcare: Keep status quo

Education: Support vouchers and school choice.

Foreign Issues

Democracy and Trade: Unless it is a threat to our security, then trade all you want. Of course support spreading democracy. Cuba embargo should be lifted. If it is, within 10 years, Communism will be dead.

United Nations: Totally f***ed up. Need strong reform. John Bolton’s not a bad choice for the US UN Rep.

Iraq: Need to ensure that their military and police are fully trained and ready to protect their country. When they can do that, then redeploy.

North Korea: They are only going to shoot themselves in the foot. With pressure from Japan, South Korea and China, North Korea will fail to exist in 20 years.

Iran: Honestly, wipe it off the map!


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Reignman on August 14, 2006, 12:38:57 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: Liberal?

Abortion: First 1-2 trimesters legal; try to make it rare without limiting choice.

Separation of Church and State: A good thing; a nativity scene in front of a library is just fine.

Marriage: Support gay marriage; state-issue, and preference for legislatures figuring it out instead of courts.

Affirmative Action: Support to an extent (i.e. Bill Clinton).

Gun Control: State issue, although AKs should be illegal again.

Death Penalty: Oppose in all circumstances.

Censorship: Current level seems OK.

Flag burning: Disrespectful, but should be legal.

Hate crimes: Oppose hate crime legislation

Hate speech: Huh?

Smoking: Shouldn't be taxed any more than it already is.

Alcohol consumption: A bad idea, but don't change policy towards it.

Euthanasia: Legal, but I don't particularly care either way.

Drugs: Legalize/De-criminalize marijuana and don't spend so much on finding drugs (it just lowers supply, drives up the price, and then encourages people to make 'em).

Gambling: A bad idea, but don't change policy towards it.

Prostitution: Keep illegal. I mean seriously--ew.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support government funding.

Immigration: Try and keep illegal immigration down; guest worker programs sound OK (we wouldn't want to deport them all since they do jobs no one else wants to do, but we shouldn't open up our borders either).

Economic Issues

General Philosophy: Liberal?

Taxes: Close loopholes. Consider making it more progressive, but not by much.

Unions: Dunno.

Free trade: Support free trade.

Spending: Cut corporate welfare other pork. Reduce military funding for fighter jets which become "obsolete" after a couple of years and spend more on protecting soldiers (body/tank armor, etc.).

Social Security: Change indexing from wage to cost-of-living, lift 90k ceiling, increase retirement age to 67.

Workers' Rights: Huh?

Space Program: Don't particularly care.

Welfare: Maintain current level of spending.

Healthcare: Require anyone who can pay for health insurance to do so, subsidize it for everyone else.

Education: Increase funding. Not a big fan of vouchers, but I could be potentially open to some.

Foreign Issues

General Philosophy: ?

Democracy and Trade: Huh?

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: Huh?

United Nations: Good.

Iraq: Have most of our troops out of the country within 6 months.

Israel: End military aid, if not because they don't need it, because they too often have disproportionate/indiscriminate military actions.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Undisguised Sockpuppet on August 14, 2006, 02:16:31 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: LEAVE PEOPLE THE FUCK ALONE!!

Abortion: Not the government's problem.

Separation of Church and State: Keep the churches from doing "morals' legislation but allow things like public nativity scene.

Marriage: Support giving everyone civil unions and letting churches hash out what is "marriage"

Affirmative Action: Abolish

Gun Control: End all gun control

Death Penalty: Use it if you need to.

Censorship: Unless its kiddie porn, necrophilia, bestiality or anything by Mike Naso allow it on daytime TV

Flag burning: Keep it legal

Hate crimes: Oppose strongly

Hate speech: Keep it legal. We have enough PC

Smoking: End takes on tobacco and remove all smoking bans

Alcohol consumption: End all anti public drinking laws and the high drinking age

Euthanasia: not the government's problem

Drugs: Legalize/De-criminalize marijuana and don't spend so much on finding drugs (it just lowers su

Gambling: Legalize

Prostitution: Legalize

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Legalize and take down the names of those responsible for protesting against it/stopping it in congress. Bar those people frmo EVER using medical procedures derieved from stem cell research.

Immigration: Close the borders, deport all illegals and end all ideas of guest worker programs. Also open up immigration mroe from latin america and east asia while ending all african/muslim immigration.

Economic Issues

General Philosophy: Meh

Taxes: Make it more progressive

Unions: Stop being so anti-union in legislation

Free trade: Support free trade.

Spending: End all pork spending

Social Security: Bar anyone born before 9/11/1987 from getting any beneftists whatosever and use the funds of contributers born before then as a nest egg.

Workers' Rights: Meh

Space Program: Favor strongly. I favor cutting the miltiary budget to say the same total amount of money as Japan and using the space program to stimulatew the economy.

Welfare: Maintain current level of spending.

Healthcare: Euro style singlepayer healthcare.

Education: Vouchers.

Foreign Issues

General Philosophy: The west united for western civilization

Democracy and Trade: Screw democracy

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: Huh?

United Nations: Bad. too biased towarrds third worlders.

Iraq: Establish genghis khan style rules of engagmenet. If ther'es no IRaqis left there won't be any insurgency.

Israel: Give the isrealis green cards and airlift them out. Isreal is too much trouble


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Alcon on August 14, 2006, 02:19:57 pm
Gun Control: Oppose, with obvious exceptions (RPGs, etc.).

Wait, you oppose except for rocket-propelled grenades? :P


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Rob on August 14, 2006, 03:41:23 pm
Gun Control: Oppose, with obvious exceptions (RPGs, etc.).

Wait, you oppose except for rocket-propelled grenades? :P

Think about it. I oppose gun control, except in the case of heavy weaponry.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: RBH on November 25, 2006, 10:24:22 pm
General philosophy: Social Libertarian

Possibly a misnomer.

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Separation of church and state: I support the current constitutional wall between organized religion and the Government. I don't care too much about if "Under God" is in the pledge or what's on our coins, because it's not unconstitutional.

Still true

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Freedom of speech: I support it in it's current constitutional status. I also feel the Internet is helping more people exercise that freedom.

Still true

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Right to an abortion: The status quo works for me. The government should be more concerned about reducing unwanted pregnancies than trying to find ways to restrict abortions.

The government probably can't reduce abortions anyways. But, ineffective nudging beats banning.

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Affirmative action: Favor until it's unneeded. But, we should have a fair check of that sometime soon.

Still true.

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Gun rights: Support it. Handguns, Shotguns, Rifles. I don't care if you like guns and I won't stop you. We should do more to crack down on illegal sales.

Left of the NRA, Right of the Gun Controllers

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Euthanasia: Support if the person who is going to die clearly wants to die.

Although I'd rather not have people be ordered to die due to medical conditions if they don't consent to such a thing.

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Prostitution: Leave that up to states.

Granted, there's no real way to get prostitution to work. And I'd rather try to keep the government's hands out of that.

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Capital punishment: Support it if it's done responsibly. It's constitutional too, in my POV. We should make sure there are ways to prevent bias due to anything other than the manner of the crime.

Still true

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General philosophy: Compassionate Capitalism.

If such a thing exists. ;)

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Free trade: I support trade where we don't get screwed and where we don't screw others. I support free and fair trade.

Although free trade isn't always free.

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General philosophy: Fair but not Stupid

"A friend to all who seek honest friendship"

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Iraq: Skeptical at first, Opposed now. We should remove all the troops if the Iraqi government wishes for it. We should also make sure they can deal with the terrorists and rebels in their nation. When it comes to Iraqi Democracy, I hope they can pull it off, but I suspect they may have another dictator within the next decade.

16 months, no real change

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War on Terror: We should make sure that the number of people joining terrorists goes down. We should infiltrate and destroy terrorist groups. We should shut the backdoor and hammer them from the front. Bin Laden's terrorism is based on his personal interest and his personal grudges.

Yeah, I don't think a lot of progress is being made there.

Other stuff.

Unions: Support em. They're needed to balance the playing field.

Immigration: I haven't figured out if there's a good idea on this. Red tape needs to be cut in the INS.

Flag burning: A stupid means of protest. I'd rather prosecute those people for some form of littering.

Hate crimes: A good idea in some instances, as long as it doesn't go too far and as long as it's fair.

Hate speech: We're not Canada. Words don't kill, people do.

Smoking: If people wanna do it, let them do it. And tax them too.

Alcohol consumption: Tax these people too.

Drugs: Find new ways to crack down on drugs. Find sensible ways to stop drug prosecutions from overcrowding prisons.

Gambling: It's the state's right

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support it federally and state-wise.

Social Security: Keep it strong, don't allow privatization.

Workers' Rights: Yes, they should be able to strike and fairly negotiate with employers

Welfare: Keep it working well for people who need it.

Healthcare: Find ways to expand the scope and reduce the costs.

Education: Workable funding, with minimal waste

Foreign Policy

United Nations: A force for good when focused. Don't pull out.

Israel: I support their right to exist and I like them more than the Palestinean terrorist groups.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: adam on January 20, 2007, 06:54:45 pm
Social:
Liberal
- I am pro-choice in the first trimester, and in RLM cases.
- I support civil-unions.
- I support marijuana decriminalization.
- I am pro-prostitution.
- I am anti-censorship, within reason.
- I am pro-stem cell research.

Mixed
- I am anti-smoking ban.
- I am neutral on flag burning.
- I am neutral on euthanasia.

Conservative
- I strongly support the death penalty, as well as extending it's use to rapists and child molesters.
- I am strongly opposed to illegal immigration.
- I oppose gay marriage.
- I oppose government sanctioned political correctness.
- I oppose removing "under god" from the pledge.
- I strongly oppose gun control.


Economic:
Liberal:
- I support significantly increasing funding for public education and dumping NCLB.
- I support increasing teacher salaries.
- I support more government funding for medicaid and other health programs.
- I oppose trade agreements (NAFTA, GATT)
- I support more government research into renewable energy.

Mixed
- I support cutting welfare and other programs, and using the money saved to fund job training.
- I oppose congressional earmarks.
- I would oppose both increasing and decreasing foreign aid.

Conservative
- I strongly oppose affirmative action.
- I support free trade.
- I support dismantling the IRS and replacing it with a fair tax.
- I generally support businesses over unions.
- I oppose stronger environmental regulations.
- I support privatizing a portion of Social Security.
- I would support a balanced budget ammendment.
- I oppose campaign finance reform.
- I oppose raising the minimum wage.

Foreign Policy and Homeland Security:
Liberal:
- I oppose the Patriot Act.
- I oppose NSA wire-tapping.
- I would strongly oppose a draft.

Mixed:
- I am undecided on the troop surge.
- I am pro-Israel.

Conservative:
- I support increasing troop salaries and benefits.
- I support significantly increasing military funding.
- I supported the invasion of Afghanistan.
- I still support the invasion of Iraq.
- I support pulling out of the UN.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: PUT YOUR POM POMS DOWN on January 21, 2007, 04:14:04 pm
- Fire stations should be privatized.
- Any game of basketball that does not properly reflect the distribution of race in society should be outlawed*

That's about it for me.

* HORSE not included (white man's game)


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: PUT YOUR POM POMS DOWN on January 21, 2007, 04:45:05 pm
- Fire stations should be privatized.
go to hell

hell doesn't have privatized fire stations which is why it's always on fire


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: MaC on January 21, 2007, 04:47:58 pm
- Fire stations should be privatized.

Freedom Fighter!


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: ○∙◄☻¥tπ[╪AV┼cVê└ on January 21, 2007, 04:50:15 pm
- Fire stations should be privatized.

Freedom Fighter!

Damn, you mean that isn't just a straw man position?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: MaC on February 04, 2007, 11:22:28 pm
- Fire stations should be privatized.

Freedom Fighter!

Damn, you mean that isn't just a straw man position?

don't take this forum too seriously.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Gustaf on February 05, 2007, 05:36:40 am
- Fire stations should be privatized.
go to hell

hell doesn't have privatized fire stations which is why it's always on fire

That was a quite well set-up joke.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: SPC on March 05, 2007, 10:01:06 pm
Social:
Liberal
- I am pro-choice at the state level
- I support civil-unions.
- I support decriminalization of any drug
- I am pro-prostitution.
- I am anti-censorship, within reason.
- I am pro-stem cell research.
- I am tolerant of flag burning, so long as you do it on your own property.
- I support euthanasia.
- I strongly support removing "under god" from the pledge.
- I support evolution
- I oppose school prayer
Mixed
- I am anti-smoking ban.
- I am opposed to illegal immigration, but feel that quotas should be abolished.
Conservative
- I strongly support the death penalty, as well as extending it's use to rapists and child molesters.
- I oppose gay marriage.
- I oppose government sanctioned political correctness.
- I strongly oppose gun control.


Economic:
Liberal:
- I support a tariff on foreign oil
- I support more government research into renewable energy.
Mixed
- I support cutting welfare and other programs, and using the money saved to fund job training.
- I am neutral congressional earmarks.
Conservative
- I strongly oppose affirmative action.
- I support free trade.
- I support dismantling the IRS.
- I generally support businesses over unions.
- I oppose stronger environmental regulations.
- I support privatizing Social Security.
- I would support a balanced budget ammendment.
- I oppose campaign finance reform.
- I oppose raising the minimum wage.
- I oppose increasing funding for public education and NCLB.
- I strongly oppose more government funding for medicaid and other health programs.
- I oppose foreign aid.
- I strongly oppose the FDA, the IRS, and the ATF
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Foreign Policy and Homeland Security:
Liberal:
- I oppose the Patriot Act.
- I oppose NSA wire-tapping.
- I would strongly oppose a draft.
- I oppose the troop surge.
- I oppose increasing military funding.
- I support withdrawal from areas of the world where our presence is unnecesary (i.e. Europe, Afghanistan, Japan)
- I do not believe in going to war with countries that do not pose a direct threat to us.
Mixed:
- I am pro-Israel.
- I support partitioning Iraq.
Conservative:
- I support pulling out of the UN.
- I believe that we need to be aggresive toward Iran and North Korea to stop their nuclear programs
- I do not believe that habeus corpus applies to prisoners of war. (i.e. Gitmo)


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Dr. Cynic on March 05, 2007, 11:33:50 pm
Hmm... I don't remember doing this, so I will now.

I am a social liberal. I support abortion rights (Although not publicly funded unless it poses a danger to the mother's life), I am pro-Gay marraige, and pro-stem cell research. I am pro-marijuana legalization, and pro-euthanasia. I am opposed to organized school prayer, and am pro-gun. I also believe in some form of National Health Care. I oppose the death penalty. However, I oppose affirmative action, and would like to see something more efficent take its place.

Economically, I am also Liberal. I believe strongly in the tariff, and the progressive income tax. I oppose tax breaks to large corporations, but support them for small businesses. I am generally pro-Labor, although there have been some exceptions (Namely in certain school strikes where the teachers make alot more than they're worth... In one school I remember that went out, the teachers made 100K a year and had a health plan). I strongly support a minimum wage raise.

On foreign policy, I consider myself moderate-liberal. I support increasing the millitary's budget, and oppose Star Wars as a waste. I oppose unilateral millitary action, and believe that the millitary should only be called to duty in cases of national defense or human rights. I opposed the war in Iraq, but supported the invasion of Afghanistan. I oppose the creation of a "Peace Department". I oppose Nuclear disarmament as impractical.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: NDN on July 06, 2007, 01:00:53 am
My views have evolved considerably. By now I'm basically a social liberal, fiscal conservative and a (pragmatic) internationalist.

Social Issues:

Abortion: Pro-choice. 1st and 2nd trimester abortions should be available on demand. 3rd trimester abortions should always be allowed for health/life saving reasons. If a women can not afford an abortion but needs one for health/life saving reasons, she should be provided with one by the government.

Gay Rights: Strongly support. Legalize Gay Marriage, Adoption, Open Military Service, etc.

Separation of Church and State: Strongly support. End "faith based initiatives," compulsory AA attendance, vouchers for religious schools (the Supreme Court was wrong), etc.

Affirmative Action: Oppose. The most qualified person should always get the job. With that said, I recognize there are still disparities. But those should be remedied by vigorous enforcement of anti-discrimination laws -- not government sanctioned discrimination.

Gun Control: I reluctantly support gun registration and licensing to screen out the mentally incompetent or criminal, but otherwise oppose gun control.

Death Penalty: Support for violent repeat offenders, and with regulations such as videotaping interrogations, witnesses, etc. for cases involving murder.

Censorship: Strongly oppose any censorship of the entertainment mediums. Let consumers make their own viewing or listening decisions. We don't need anymore moral guardians or government officials telling us what we can or can't see.

Flag burning: It's unconstitutional to ban it on the grounds of "offensiveness", although ordinances preventing it based on safety concerns might be OK.

Hate crimes: Oppose. It's redundant, just try them for assault/murder/etc. Everyone should be equal under the law, creating "special" crimes for minorities is hypocritical.

Hate speech: Support within reason. It's one thing to engage in defamation or encourage violence, it's another to just be prejudiced. The former are directly harmful, the latter isn't.

Smoking: I support public smoking bans. While people have every right to smoke, second-hand smoke is a health risk that no one has the "right" to expose others to.

Alcohol consumption: It should be legal to buy beer at 18, and the drinking age should be abolished. The current laws are unenforceable, inconsistent, and ultimately hostile to personal freedom.

Euthanasia: It should be legal. Who is the government to tell the terminally ill and suffering that they can not end their pain?

Drugs: I support the legalization of at least soft drugs, and the decriminalization of drugs in general. The current War on Drugs is an expensive, tyrannical failure just like Alcohol Prohibition was.

Gambling: It should be legal to gamble, but Casino development and the like should be left up to local areas.

Prostitution: It should be legalized immediately.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly support. The opposition to this infuriates me. People, these aren't even fetuses, they're embryos. They're cells. Do you really care more about something that isn't even in the womb more than suffering Parkison's or Alzheimer's patients?

Immigration: We should increase funding to ICE, slap companies that hire illegal immigrants with stiff fines, and establish an Earned Citizenship policy that allows certain illegal immigrants to become citizens. I oppose Guest Worker Programs and Blanket Amnesty however.

Patriot Act: Oppose, at least in current form. Certain sections of it such as 215 are still too broad and undermine or flat out eliminate basic civil liberties such as protection from unwarranted searches and seizures, privacy, etc. People might feel safer, but ultimately if the government can break the highest law of the land in order to protect us, no one is safe.

Economic Issues

Taxes: Should be progressive and tied to spending (Pay-GO). Cut them if spending is cut, but raise them if spending is raised (better to do that then have inflation and huge tax hikes later).

Unions: They're holding a lot of this country back, such as the Rust Belt. In many respects, they have as negative of an influence in politics as Big Business. I support restricting the right to strike further and  reducing their power considerably. If possible, I'd flat out abolish private unions, although that would probably be unconstitutional.

Free trade: While I dislike the bureaucracy associated with NAFTA, WTO, etc. I firmly support Free Trade, and thus am willing to tolerate those if we have no other options. Free Trade means more markets for American Businesses, cheaper and more diverse goods for American Consumers, and increased peace and prosperity in the long term.

Spending: I believe in fiscal responsibility. Roll back pork spending both domestically and military wise. That means slashing subsidies, unnecessary military spending projects, etc. At least a third or more of the current government should be either cut or flat out abolished.

Social Security: Abolish Social Security as we know it. Only provide benefits for the poor and disabled. We did it for Welfare, why are we treating this as a sacred cow? Also, if we do keep it, make it illegal for congress to raid the trust fund.

Space Program: We should look into privatization. The near-monopoly NASA has had on space exploration has resulted in stagnation and little advancement. And Space Tourism or Space-Plane Manufacturing is a promising industry...

Welfare: Continue reform.  Welfare should focus on providing temporary child care and getting parents who are able to work back to work.

Health-care: I think we should implement Massachusetts-style Healthcare Reform nation-wide. Everyone within a certain income range should be covered by Medicare/Medicaid, the rest should be required to buy health insurance.

Education: We need to overhaul our whole approach. The Department of Education should be abolished, as it has done little if anything to improve education. The US should establish a "National Education Trust Fund" instead to ensure that the federal government meets its obligation to fully fund our educational priorities and to make sure that schools can meet high standards. Teacher's salaries should be raised and mass renovation of schools (with thorough audits to prevent waste) should begin.

Foreign Policy Issues:

Democracy and Trade: Don't link human rights to China. It isn't economically viable and we can't do anything about it. By the same token, end the embargo on Cuba. We could make more money and destabilize the Socialist government there if we just let American business into that country.

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: Strongly support disarmament of nuclear weapons and efforts to stop nuclear proliferation.

United Nations: It's corrupt and needs reform, but our participation is needed. The UN still provides many valuable programs that combat poverty, hunger, etc. world-wide and is still one of the best tools for diplomacy out there.

Afghanistan: Increase funding for the Afghani war and work to convert the Opium there into pharmaceutical drugs. That's both more realistic and more profitable for American business. The current attempts at stopping the heroin trade by burning Poppyfields isn't working.

Iraq: A disaster. Iraq was never a threat to anyone, there was no reason whatsoever to invade it. Furthermore, our presence in Iraq is just fueling the current insurgency further. The US should attempt to re-partition Iraq, then immediately leave.

Russia: Russia might be hostile to us now, but a lot of that is justifiable paranoia. We didn't help ourselves by invading Iraq pre-emptively or by continuing to threaten them with nuclear weapons and bases long after the Cold War ended. We need to engage them and take a carrot-stick approach, emphasizing that they can do whatever they want to get rid of their own Islamist/terrorist problem. A Russian-American alliance is achievable if we play our cards right.

Israel: Hezbollah and Hamas are both terrorist groups and hostile to the West, no doubt about it, but Israel's conduct in many respects has been almost equally bad (and it's creation was a mistake).  I'm really at a loss as to what we should do here. Each time we intervene, we tend to make things worse.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on July 06, 2007, 02:20:59 am
Social Issues:

Abortion: Pro-choice: keep abortion safe, legal, and rare.  Opposed to partial birth abortion, except for the health/life of the mother.  Supportive of parental notification (with Judicial override).

Gay Rights: Support across the board.  Lukewarm on support for hate crimes legislation, however.

Separation of Church and State: Keep 'em separate, boys.

Affirmative Action: Strongly oppose quotas.  Affirmative action should be phased out, but the government should still continue periodic checks to make sure race-based discrimination is not happening in the workplace.

Gun Control: I support a ban on assault weapons.  Mandatory background checks.  Lukewarm support of the Brady Bill -- a waiting period is a good idea, but likely to be ineffective.

Death Penalty: Support only for the most heinous of crimes where guilt can be proven without a shadow of doubt.

Censorship: First Amendment supporter, though there should be common-sense controls on television (e.g., no profanity in kids programs, no graphic sex acts on network TV, etc.).

Flag burning: Protected by the First Amendment, and should stay that way.

Hate crimes: See above.  The government should not be in the business of punishing thought.

Hate speech: First Amendment, within reason, so long as said speech does not lead to actual, physical violence (as it sometimes does).

Smoking: In general, I'm fine with indoor smoking bans.

Alcohol consumption: Ultimately supportive of reducing the drinking age to 18 on principle, but certainly not a crusader: the streets are safer with alcohol being available only to those over 21.

Euthanasia: Should be legal.

Drugs: Legalize marijuana.  Hard drugs are a key contributor to violent and property crime, and should stay illegal, but punishments should be fair and equitable.

Gambling: An issue best left for towns and states to decide.  I do not support the massive Indian Casino tax breaks.

Prostitution: Legalize and heavily regulate.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly support.  Public funding should indeed be made available.

Immigration: Guest worker/amnesty programs are duds.  We should severely punish employers of illegal aliens, but ultimately increase the level of legal immigraton into the country.

Environment: Create a carbon trading market.  Push increases in CAFE.  Global warming IS real, and oil WILL run out, so it is important to research alternative, low-impact energy sources now.  Fuel cell technology looks like a poor option: push hybrids in the short term, electric in the long term (powered, ultimately, by clean fuel).  Bring existing but dormant nuclear plants back online, but don't build new ones...the (essentially) permanent waste is too dangerous.

Patriot Act: Dangerous affront to our freedoms.  It should be gutted, with only the most vital of anti-terrorism aspects allowed to stand.

Economic Issues

Taxes: Keep a progressive structure, and do not allow deficit spending for the purposes of pushing a tax cut.  Work towards eliminating property taxes.  Keep sales taxes to a minimum, and exempt clothing and food.  Keep taxes as low as spending levels will allow.  Strongly supportive of Massachusetts' Proposition 2 1/2, which requires public approval of any property tax increase greater than 2.5% per year.

Unions: Supportive, though Unions are quickly losing their influence nationwide.  I oppose card check, however.

Free trade: Somewhat supportive of free trade, so long as it is FAIR trade.  That puts countries like China, who do not trade "fairly," on the hot seat.  Trade sanctions should be imposed for human rights violations.

Spending: Balanced budgets are key, and deficit spending should only be allowed in crisis and wartime situations.  Limit growth in times of surplus, and keep a rainy-day fund.

Social Security: Privatization in full is a bad idea, but minimal privatization may work.  Workers should be able to invest up to 5% of their Social Security deduction in private accounts, with the caviat that they must accept a later retirement age or a 95% benefit level for the privledge.

Space Program: Stay the course.  Humans will need the ability to seek out other planets if the continuation of the species is to be guaranteed, but this should not quite be a top priority at this point.

Welfare: More reform.  Welfare should focus on providing child care and getting parents who are able to work back to work.

Health-care: I'm starting to lean towards Universal coverage.  At the very least, the state should band together and provide benefit assistance coverage to the middle-class who are not offered insurance by their employers; these employers should be charged a penalty fee for this.
The Massachusetts system is doomed to be a costly failure, where people who can ill afford it will be forced into buying "junk" insurance coverage just to comply with a poorly-thought out state law.  It should be repealed.

Education: No Child Left Behind was well meaning, but poorly executed.  Urban schools can benefit through vouchers and charter schools, and should be given more leeway to hire and fire teachers based on performance.  The real solution to poor inner city standards remains fixing the cultural problems, where those who strive to achieve are looked down on as "acting white."

Foreign Policy Issues:

Democracy and Trade: Restore limited trade to Cuba.  Use trade sanctions to punish human rights violations, but cut off trade only in the most extreme (wartime) situations.

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: Work to reduce the number of nuclear weapons worldwide.

United Nations: It's a disasterous combination of anti-Israel interests.  The U.S. needs to stay heavily involved to minimize the impact of extremist countries.

Iraq: Giant clusterf***.  The US should begin to plan for troop withdrawls, and should work with other countries in the region to minimize the post-war fallout.

Israel: There's so much hate going on in the region, I don't know where to begin.  The Israelis have a right to exist, but so too do the Palestinians.  Israel needs to work and be more accomodating to its neighbors, and its neighbors need to do the same.  Realistically, though...not much we can do here.  We cannot up and abandon Israel.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 06, 2007, 08:19:06 am

Social Issues:

General Philosophy: Conservative Libertarian

Abortion: I'm am 100% pro-life with no exceptions.  I fail to see how the life of the mother is more important than that of the child, and times when they are both destin to die is amazingly slim and therefore we cannot have exceptions that lead to loopholes of other abortions being performed.

Gay Rights: An interesting way of phrasing it as I believe gays should have rights, however, these rights should be extended to the point of marriage or civil unions.  Well I hate the intervention of the federal government, if one state legalizes it, everyone will go there to get married and move back as appears to be happening.

Separation of Church and State: Not a federal issue but I fail to see why the state should not be able to do things like put up a Christmas or a school cannot sing Christmas carols.

Affirmative Action: I oppose in all circumstances
 
Gun Control: I oppose in all circumstances and wish to abolish any current restrictions to buying guns.  However, I am in favor of registering guns but at the state, not federal level.
 
Death Penalty: I oppose in all circumstances

Censorship: I oppose for the most part, however, it is it vital to censor some things such as classified government information from leaking

Flag burning: I oppose in all circumstances and suppport a constitutional amendment

Hate crimes: I oppose in all circumstances and will fight hard to keep sexual orientation off the list.  Something such as race cannot at least be seen by the attacker, but if the attacker does not know your gay and then they get charged with beating up a gay person that is not right.  Being gay or black should not make you more of a victim.
 
Hate speech: I support it, however, I strongly detest people speaking out against America

Smoking: I oppose smoking in public places

Alcohol consumption: I support a complete repeal of alcohol laws

Euthanasia: Oppose as part of my pro-life ideals
 
Drugs: Legalize all of them now and heavily tax them!

Gambling: Legalize everywhere
 
Prostitution: I support a policy of ignoring it but not condoning it
 
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Oppose embryonic support the proven adult stem cells research

Immigration: Heavily oppose illegal immigration and I want to require knowing English as a requirment for applying for anything that could lead to citizenship.  However, I support letting illegals already here to join the army to become citizens.
 
Environment: I flat out do not care about the environment at all and will not buy into man-made global warming unless someone proves the existence of martians
 
Patriot Act: Neutral, however, I realize it has done a lot of good like stopping the Brooklyn Bridge plot

Economic Issues

General Philosophy: Far-Right

Taxes: I support shutting down the IRS immediatley and replacing our current system with a Fair or Flat Tax system.  I would also cut massive amount of programs to account for these cuts.

Unions: I do not support a unions right to exist and hope that an employer fires any union employee who goes on strike

Free trade: I support free trade in all forms and wish to lift embargos on other countries

Spending: Massively reduce spending by eliminating programs that provide aid and other things that are not necessary for our country functioning.

Social Security: Complete privitization

Space Program: Keep at current levels

Welfare: Eliminate it all, no questions asked

Health-care: Not only stop the expansion to UHC, eliminate Medicaid and require that you must be a legal US resident to receive care at a hospital.  Also, make free hospital care for emergencies only, although I'm not really sure how to enforce that.  Also, create AHPs

Education: Cut education funding drastically and consolidate the number of schools and school positions.  For example, Moonachie, NJ has one K-8 school with a principal (they go to another town for HS) and they also have a superintendent making $120,000+.  This and many other positions are useless.  I support putting a cap on when teachers must retire to say districts money.



Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Ebowed on July 06, 2007, 08:58:05 am
Social Issues:

General Philosophy: Liberal
Abortion: 100% pro-choice
Gay Rights: 100% pro-GLBT
Separation of Church and State: strongly in favor
Affirmative Action: oppose
Gun Control: oppose
Death Penalty: abolitionist
Censorship: oppose
Flag burning: support
Hate crimes: oppose (though as long as we have hate crimes, I support including sexual orientation)
Hate speech: support the right
Smoking: support the right
Alcohol consumption: support the right (drinking age at 21 is a hilarious joke)
Euthanasia: support
Drugs: support legal pot; oppose jail time for users of drugs; oppose six taxes
Gambling: support the right
Prostitution: support the right
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: support funding
Immigration: pro-amnesty and open borders
Environment: support all goals of environmentalism
Patriot Act: oppose

Economic Issues:

General Philosophy: Liberal
Taxes: support high and progressive taxes
Unions: support
Free trade: support
Spending: increase social spending; gut defense spending
Social Security: support
Space Program: support
Welfare: support & repeal 90s reform
Health-care: support universal not-for-profit single-payer
Education: repeal NCLB

Foreign Policy Issues:

General Philosophy: Liberal
Democracy and Trade: good things...
Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: support pretty much all weapons bans
United Nations: support
Iraq: immediate withdrawal
Israel: withdraw all aid


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Verily on July 06, 2007, 09:04:21 am
Gay Rights: An interesting way of phrasing it as I believe gays should have rights, however, these rights should be extended to the point of marriage or civil unions.  Well I hate the intervention of the federal government, if one state legalizes it, everyone will go there to get married and move back as appears to be happening.

Clearly you are completely ignorant on the issue. Of all states, only Rhode Island recognizes same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts as legally binding. Therefore, no one moves to Massachusetts just to get married, then moves back. (Plus, that would be an obscene expense for basic equality.)


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: NDN on July 06, 2007, 09:34:11 am
Gay Rights: An interesting way of phrasing it as I believe gays should have rights, however, these rights should be extended to the point of marriage or civil unions.  Well I hate the intervention of the federal government, if one state legalizes it, everyone will go there to get married and move back as appears to be happening.

Clearly you are completely ignorant on the issue. Of all states, only Rhode Island recognizes same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts as legally binding. Therefore, no one moves to Massachusetts just to get married, then moves back. (Plus, that would be an obscene expensive for basic equality.)
Which is unfortunate, since refusing to recognize them is clearly a violation of basic constitutional rights. It's too bad our courts are too conservative and spineless to actually strike down the DOMA. Otherwise, gay people might actually have seen some REAL gains in civil rights by now.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Filuwaúrdjan on July 06, 2007, 09:34:57 am
Unions: I do not support a unions right to exist and hope that an employer fires any union employee who goes on strike

Ah, I see that thou art still a follower of the "General Jaruzelski" approach to Unions...


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: afleitchأندرو on July 06, 2007, 09:38:30 am
Thought I'd go through this in a little more detail; my views have altered somewhat
Social Issues:

Abortion: Pro-choice. Satisfied with current UK laws on abortion. Dislike abortions for 'contraceptive' purposes and would prefer comprehensive sex education and easier access to contraceptives to help cut the number of potential abortions amongst the youngest age categories.

Gay Rights: Always supportive. Believe current UK legislation is acceptable, though would like to move towards gay marriage in the forseeable future. Support the need for better anti bullying policies in schools.

Separation of Church and State: In the US, must be kept seperate. Would support the disestablishment of the CofE, but it is practically impossible.

Affirmative Action: Oppose. It is important to remamber that affirmative action is not the same as anti-racism/sexism etc policy; those should remain and be enforced, but to try to redress the balance by actively promoting 'positive' discrimination is wrong.

Gun Control: Support. I don't see why anyone needs a gun or the right to own one unless it is part of your job to carry or use one. I know it's probably political heresy as a libertarian to say so.

Death Penalty: Oppose in each and every single case put before a civil or military court.

Censorship: It is not up to the government to promote the censorship of anything unless it directly incites people to commit an illegal act or act contrary to common law.

Flag burning: You have the right to burn a flag.

Hate crimes: Tough cookie this one. It has been common in law for centuries to not treat all acts against the person as the same; motivation and circumstance have always been taken into account. For example, an act of poisoning with intent to kill, for a long time automatically received the death penalty in England and Wales because poisoning was considered to be pre-meditated. I.e you could stab a man out of immediate rage brought about by a situation which could be grounds for manslaughter not murder, but you had to plan and execute an act of poisoning. If the courts see it fit to sentence someone harshly because of his attitude towards the persons colour or sexuality etc then they are within traditional rights to do so. Whether or not there should be a law to enforce it in each case is another matter.

Hate speech: Oppose unless, as with censorship it directly incites people to commit an illegal act or act contrary to common law.

Smoking: I support smoking bans. Why we once tolerated smoke filled cinemas and aeroplanes to begin with is beyond me.

Alcohol consumption: Should be maintained at 18, but should be waived in all cases for those younger where supervised. It is important to 'wean' people onto alochol in a responsible manner.

Euthanasia: Should be legal. Legal forms should be made freely avaliable from the Post Office and signed by a witness and doctor.

Drugs: I oppose the decriminalisation of marijuana except for medicinal purposes. Over the past twenty years, marijuana has become stronger, more dangerous and addictive due to indoor farming and cultivation to ensure the strongest crop. 

Gambling: I don't oppose it, but I oppose the reasons, in the UK at least, for legalising it; to boost government revenue and then to shortlist impoverished areas as potential sites well aware of gambling and addiction problems that often blight those areas.

Prostitution: Promote legalisation, though regulation. Prostitutes should have full control over their client list and this should be enforced. Brothels should be very heavily regulated.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly support.

Immigration: Support current UK levels of legal immigration and would strongly encourage migration from EU member states. Oppose illegal immigration as it does not occur though proper channels.

Environment: Support the expansion of renewble energy and nuclear power. Support tidal and wave power. Support the promotion of 'energy independence' for households.

Patriot Act: Vigourously oppose and oppose any attempts to pass similar legislation in the UK

Economic Issues

Taxes: The Income Tax threshold should be raised to an level between £10 and £12k lifting poorer, part time workers and students out of the income tax altogether. Working Tax Credits should be abolished and incapacity/unemployment benefits should be restructured.

Unions: Supportive. Though I believe all unions should be unaffiliated with any political party.

Free trade: Strongly support except in military equipment.

Spending: Levels of spending should be pinned to inflation until their internal finances and administrative structures are reviewed and waste identified. Where cuts in spending can be made they should be made.

Social Security: Move towards part privatisation of the pensions system and an immediate raising of the retirement age to 67.

Space Program: Continue to invest.

Welfare: If you want to encourage people to enter the workplace, you have to make the take home pay higher than welfare. As outlined above, income tax should be abolished for those below a certain income allowing an incentive to non workers. The disability/incapacity benefits system should be completely gutted. There is too much waste and too many workers claiming it for trivial reasons.

Health-care: I support the NHS. I believe that the state and private sector can go hand in hand.

Education: Restore the assisted places scheme, reintroduce streaming and setting by ability in primary and secondary schools and encourage the promotion of craft/volcational/apprenticeship non academic education from the age of 14

Foreign Policy Issues:

Democracy and Trade: Use trade as a political weapon. Suspend trade with Zimbabwe.

United Nations: Strongly support. We must work with other nations to 'lock out' dubious undemocratic nations from key posts.

Iraq: Establish a flexable timetable for withdrawal.

Israel: Strongly support Israel and its defence of it's people and territory. Support establishement of Palestinian State under democratic leadership. Propose that Jerusalem become a joint adminstered 'free city' under the UN.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Verily on July 06, 2007, 09:45:07 am
And... (some quoting directly from NDN)

Social Issues:

Abortion: Pro-choice. 1st trimester abortions should be available on demand, later abortions should always be allowed for health/life saving reasons.

Gay Rights: Strongly support. Legalize Gay Marriage, Adoption, Open Military Service, etc.

Separation of Church and State: Strongly support. End "faith-based initiatives," compulsory AA attendance, vouchers for religious schools (the Supreme Court was wrong), etc.

Affirmative Action: Oppose. The most qualified person should always get the job. With that said, I recognize there are still disparities. But those should be remedied by vigorous enforcement of anti-discrimination laws -- not government sanctioned discrimination.

Gun Control: I support gun registration and licensing to screen out the mentally incompetent or criminal. I also support a modified version of the assault weapons ban that would fully encompass all semi-automatic and automatic weapons rather than select ones, weapons made for no reason other than to, well, assault others. Otherwise, I oppose further gun control.

Death Penalty: Oppose on the principle that guilt can never be 100% definitively proven, and the risk of executing an innocent person, however small, is always there. Life in prison is not a lesser sentence in any case; I have never understood the absurd need for vengeance killings.

Censorship: Strongly oppose any censorship of the entertainment mediums. Let consumers make their own viewing or listening decisions. We don't need anymore moral guardians or government officials telling us what we can or can't see.

Flag burning: It's unconstitutional to ban it on the grounds of "offensiveness".

Hate crimes: Oppose. It's redundant, just try them for assault/murder/etc. Everyone should be equal under the law, creating "special" crimes for minorities is hypocritical.

Hate speech: Support within reason. It's one thing to engage in defamation or encourage violence, it's another to just be prejudiced. The former are directly harmful, the latter isn't.

Smoking: Support public smoking bans.

Alcohol consumption: It should be legal to buy beer at 18, and the drinking age should be abolished. The current laws are unenforceable, inconsistent, and ultimately hostile to personal freedom.

Euthanasia: Should be legal.

Drugs: I support the legalization of all soft drugs, and the decriminalization of drugs in general. The current War on Drugs is an expensive, tyrannical failure just like Alcohol Prohibition was.

Gambling: It should be legal to gamble, but Casino development and the like should be left up to local areas.

Prostitution: Should be legal.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly support. The opposition to this infuriates me. People, these aren't even fetuses, they're embryos. They're cells. Do you really care more about something that isn't even in the womb more than suffering Parkinson's or Alzheimer's patients?

Immigration: As a temporary solution, I support one-time full amnesty with no strings attached so as to encourage faster assimilation and avoid the costs of mass deportation. However, this is clearly not a viable long-term solution. In the long term, I would like to relax restrictions on legal immigration, allowing workers to immigrate legally into the country if they have been offered work in the United States. (Thus establishing a "guest worker" program without the "guest" part.) This will ensure that most immigrants from Mexico and Latin America generally are here legally and thus paying full taxes and encouraged to assimilate (as second-generation immigrants do anyway, but this is for first-generation).


Economic Issues

Taxes: Should be progressive. If we can not cut spending, we should raise taxes (either on the wealthy or across the board if severe enough). If we do cut spending, they should be cut unless the increased surplus is used to pay off the deficit or will clearly be needed for one-time spending some time in the near future.

Unions: They're holding a lot of this country back, such as the Rust Belt. In many respects, they have as negative of an influence in politics as Big Business. On the other hand, it cannot be denied that there is a right to organize enshrined in the Constitution (albeit not intended in the way unions use it). We should rely on companies to control unions, lifting some restrictions on firings during strikes.

Free trade: Free trade as established under the WTO is unfortunately bureaucratic and inefficient, but, as of right now, it's the best we've got. I support continued membership in the WTO, though I would like the US to surrender its stranglehold on control of the WTO leadership to the UN. Free trade is important if for no other reason than because it drives the economy to modernize, something we have been all too reluctant to do.

Spending: I believe in fiscal responsibility. Ban earmarks, and roll back current pork spending both domestically and (especially) on the military. Eliminate subsidies to defense contractors, the automobile industry, oil and natural gas producers, etc. Also eliminate government spending and subsidies for small-scale local projects.

Social Security: Privatization is a terrible idea. It would require less benefits, huge transfer costs (in the trillions) and would be riskier than the current system. Either fully fund Social Security and keep the government from raiding it, or abolish it altogether. There is no middle ground here.

Space Program: The near-monopoly NASA has had on space exploration has resulted in stagnation and little advancement. Privatization has already begun, and, for now, the government should sit back and let private companies take up the burden. Greatly reduce funding for NASA and instead contract private companies as necessary for transportation to the ISS.

Welfare: Insofar as radical changes to our other economic plans will not be realized within the next few decades, welfare is an unfortunate necessity to continued functioning of our economy. Realistically, it should only be necessary in cases where the individual cannot be held responsible for his or her own failure (else it should be a "working welfare" program). However, unequally funded public education has blurred the lines of responsibility so far that welfare is necessary far more often than it should be. The only major reform that I would support independent of reform elsewhere is to require a demonstration that the welfare recipient has applied for a job within the past two weeks in order to receive a welfare check.

Health care: Universal health care is the only efficient and effective way of providing health services for the citizenry. The United States should adopt a system modeled on Germany's in which all citizens are automatically covered for all health costs by the government but may purchase more expensive insurance from private companies if they so desire.

Education: Most importantly and above all, the use of the property tax to pay for education should be abolished. To replace it, federal income taxes should be increased slightly, with the proceeds going entirely to a "National Education Trust Fund" sealed from congressional dipping. This trust fund would distribute its value annually between school districts nationwide based solely on the number of students attending each district's schools. In addition, all money initially generated by eliminating pork programs, described above, should be diverted to a mass construction program to build at least one new school in every school district nationwide.

Foreign Policy Issues:

Democracy and trade: Don't link human rights to China. It isn't economically viable and we can't do anything about it. By the same token, end the embargo on Cuba.

Nuclear proliferation: Strongly support disarmament of all nuclear weapons and efforts to stop nuclear proliferation.

United Nations: It's corrupt, but our participation is needed.

Iraq: A disaster. Iraq was never a threat to anyone, there was no reason whatsoever to invade it. Furthermore, our presence in Iraq is just fueling the current insurgency further. The US should attempt to re-partition Iraq, then immediately leave.

Israel: Cut off economic aid to Israel (and to Palestine) and let them deal with Hezbollah et al. alone until they learn the use of diplomacy and come to a permanent agreement with the Palestinians.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 06, 2007, 10:05:27 am
Just for fun, thing we have in common:


Affirmative Action: oppose
Gun Control: oppose
Death Penalty: abolitionist
Censorship: oppose
Hate crimes: oppose
Hate speech: support the right
Alcohol consumption: support the right (drinking age at 21 is a hilarious joke)
Drugs: support legal pot; oppose jail time for users of drugs; oppose six taxes
Gambling: support the right

And of course, the big one:

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Israel: withdraw all aid


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Jaggerjack on July 06, 2007, 10:17:37 am
Social Issues:

General Philosophy: Liberal
Abortion: Pro-choice
Gay Rights: Pro-GLBT
Separation of Church and State: strongly in favor
Affirmative Action: oppose
Gun Control: don't care
Death Penalty: abolitionist
Censorship: strongly oppose
Flag burning: don't care
Hate crimes: oppose
Hate speech: oppose the right
Smoking: support the right
Alcohol consumption: support the right
Euthanasia: support
Drugs: as long as its legal
Gambling: support the right
Prostitution: support the right
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: support funding
Immigration: pro-amnesty and open borders
Environment: support all goals of environmentalism
Patriot Act: strongly oppose

Economic Issues:

General Philosophy: Center-Left
Taxes: support high and progressive taxes
Unions: support
Free trade: support
Spending: increase social spending; gut defense spending
Social Security: support
Space Program: support
Welfare: support & repeal 90s reform
Health-care: support universal
Education: repeal NCLB

Foreign Policy Issues:

General Philosophy: Liberal
Democracy and Trade: Hell yeah
Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: support pretty much all weapons bans
United Nations: support
Iraq: immediate withdrawal
Israel: They need no aid


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: SPC on July 06, 2007, 01:03:03 pm
I'm going to update this:

Social:
Liberal
- I am pro-choice at the state level
- I support civil-unions.
- I support decriminalization of any drug
- I am pro-prostitution.
- I am anti-censorship, within reason.
- I am pro-stem cell research.
- I am tolerant of flag burning, so long as you do it on your own property.
- I support euthanasia.
- I strongly support removing "under god" from the pledge.
- I support evolution
- I oppose school prayer
Mixed
- I am anti-smoking ban.
- I am opposed to illegal immigration, but feel that quotas should be abolished.
Conservative
- I support the death penalty if DNA evidence is provided.
- I oppose gay marriage.
- I oppose government sanctioned political correctness.
- I strongly oppose gun control.
- I strongly oppose the Fairness Doctrine.

Economic:
Liberal:
- I support a tariff on foreign oil
- I support more research into renewable energy.
Mixed
- I support cutting welfare and other programs, and using the money saved to fund job training.
Conservative
- I strongly oppose affirmative action.
- I support free trade.
- I support dismantling the IRS.
- I generally support businesses over unions.
- I oppose stronger environmental regulations.
- I support privatizing Social Security.
- I would support a balanced budget ammendment.
- I oppose campaign finance reform.
- I oppose raising the minimum wage.
- I oppose increasing funding for public education and NCLB.
- I strongly oppose more government funding for medicaid and other health programs.
- I oppose foreign aid.
- I strongly oppose the FDA.
- I strongly oppose eminent domain.
 
Foreign Policy and Homeland Security:
Liberal:
- I oppose the Patriot Act.
- I oppose NSA wire-tapping.
- I would strongly oppose a draft.
- I oppose the troop surge.
- I oppose increasing military funding.
- I support withdrawal from areas of the world where our presence is unnecesary (i.e. Europe, Afghanistan, Japan)
- I do not believe in going to war with countries that do not pose a direct threat to us.
Mixed:
- I am pro-Israel, but do not support giving them aid.
- I support partitioning Iraq.
Conservative:
- I support pulling out of the UN.
- I believe that we need to be aggresive toward Iran and North Korea to stop their nuclear programs
- I do not believe that habeus corpus applies to prisoners of war. (i.e. Gitmo)


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Hash on July 07, 2007, 12:58:25 am
Some might be strongly influenced by French politics.

Social

Abortion: Pro-choice
Gay Rights: Support gay rights, although neutral on marriage.
Separation of Church and State: I'm a proud secular and oppose any and all attempt at all to give religion a role to play in politics.
Affirmative Action: Oppose
Gun Control: Support, I don't see why anybody needs a gun.
Death Penalty: Generally oppose, but would support it for serious crimes against the state.
Censorship: There should be no censorship.
Flag burning: You have the right to burn a flag, its freedom of expression.
Smoking: I support smoking bans in public areas. Outside and inside.
Alcohol consumption: Should be maintained at 18, but there needs to be some kind of regulation to avoid excessive consumption at that age.
Euthanasia: Should be legal
Drugs: I strongly oppose legalizing marijuana or any other drugs.
Gambling: With moderation!
Prostitution: Should be illegal.
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly support.
Immigration: Oppose legalization of illegal immigrants and support stricter rules on allowing immigration. Immigrants should speak the language of the country, should find a job within 6 months of arrival, and of course follow ALL laws (or else, expel them)
Environment: Serious issue, should take immediate action to stop it before its too late.
Patriot Act: Vigourously oppose

Economic Issues

Taxes: Current levels are fine.
Unions: Support unions, as long as it doesn't become an excuse to go on strike for everything the company does that they don't like.
Free trade: Strongly support except in military equipment.
Social Security: Support universal, public healthcare.
Space Program: Continue to invest, albeit less than right now.
Welfare: Continue attempts at reform

Foreign Policy Issues:

Democracy and Trade: Suspend trade with dictatorships.
United Nations: Strongly support, although there is an urgent need for reform.
Iraq: A complete disaster. Leave. Fast.
Israel: Strongly support Israel and its defence of it's people and territory. Support establishement of Palestinian State under democratic leadership.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Fmr President & Senator Polnut on July 07, 2007, 07:02:21 am

Social

Abortion: Pro-choice
Gay Rights: I fully support gay rights, up to an including full legal equality (marriage/civil union and adoption)
Separation of Church and State: I'm a proud secular and oppose any and all attempt at all to give religion a role to play in politics.
Affirmative Action: I think in certain circumstances it is needed
Gun Control: The idea of owning a gun boggles my mind.
Death Penalty: Death penalty is barbaric - the state should play games of blood lust.
Censorship: Moderate levels.
Flag burning: It's a symbol, yes. But it is a symbol that is owned by every citizen.
Smoking: I hate being around smokers - it should be as limited in public as possible.
Alcohol consumption: The legal drinking age should match the age of voting right.
Euthanasia: Support, with very strict medical guidelines.
Drugs:Drugs are dangerous - and they should not be legalised. I do support small quantities for medical reasons.
Gambling: With moderation!
Prostitution: It's never going to disappear - don't decriminalise - but don't prosecute.
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly support.
Immigration: All illegal arrivals must be identified within 6 months or returned to the border. Amnesty for all those illegals already in the country. Maintain refugee committment.
Environment: Aggressive action - but based on economic common sense.
Patriot Act: Vigourously oppose

Economic Issues

Taxes: The tax rate should be as low as possible for those on incomes below $40,000pa. Focus tax cuts on low and middle incomes.
Unions: Unions have a place - but they cannot control things in a liberal market economy.
Free trade: Careful supprt.
Social Security: Support universal, public healthcare.
Space Program: A very low priority.
Welfare: Continue attempts at reform

Foreign Policy Issues:

Democracy and Trade: Aim sanctions at non-democratic states - but only military sanctions as first resort.
United Nations: Strongly support, reform needed.
Iraq: A complete disaster. But mess is made by us, we have a responsibility to leave it as stable as possible.
Israel: Israel needs consistent support, however, there MUST be a viable Palestinian state by 2012.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Undisguised Sockpuppet on July 07, 2007, 08:23:02 am
Social

Abortion: Pro-choice
Gay Rights: Full legal equality.
Separation of Church and State: Get religion out of politics but don't go ACLU insane and persecutre christmas
Affirmative Action: End it. We shouldn't have bothered going beyond integration/enforcing the right to vote to forced busing/AA. All AA does is divided society between the majority and the priviliged groups.
Gun Control: End gun contro
Death Penalty: Keep and expand the use. Abolish appeals for it.
Censorship: Abolish it
Flag burning: Allow it
Smoking: End all bans on smoking. If a business chooses to permit smoking its their affair.
Alcohol consumption: Abolish all alcohol related laws besides guidelines on manufacturing it.
Euthanasia: Support, with very strict medical guidelines.
Drugs: Legalize already. The war on drugs isn't working.
Gambling: Legalize now
Prostitution: Legalize and regulate but give EXTREMELY harsh punishments for sex trafficking/pimping. I'm thinking death for anyone who does those.
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly support.
Immigration: No more refugees or illegals being tolerated. Do a version of the 1921 immigration restriction act(the part abotu restricting locations not numbers) and ban immigration that's not from either the first world, latin america or East Asia. Also all muslim immigrants must convert to another religion within 5 years if they want to even think about citizenship/staying in the US
Environment: Aggressive action - but based on economic common sense.
Patriot Act: Support

Economic Issues

Taxes: Raise taxes to keep the budget balanced.
Unions: Unions have a place - but they cannot control things in a liberal market economy.
Free trade: Careful supprt.
Social Security: Give universal healthcare of some sort(either a NHS type deal or national health insurance. Some kind of plan) but give workers a better plan than the unemployed.
Space Program: A very high priority.
Welfare: Expand welfare for the working poor but reduce it for the urban unemployables.

Foreign Policy Issues:

Democracy and Trade: Do not factor human rights into trade.
United Nations: Strongly oppose. The UN needs to be replaced.
Iraq: Leave ASAP
Israel: Completely drop supposrt for Israel and ban charitable donations/selling weapons to it. Also deport all Americans who also have Israeli passports


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: useful idiot on July 07, 2007, 01:28:48 pm
Social

Abortion: Generally pro-choice if done within the first 16 weeks or so
Gay Rights: Apathetic. I don't really care if gays get married or not because it doesn't affect me and most of my gay friends don't seem to care much either.
Separation of Church and State: means different things to different people; i dont mind if the pledge is kept or ten commandments at courts, but do I want an established "American Church"? Of course not
Affirmative Action: Support
Gun Control: Oppose for rifles, shotguns, and handguns
Death Penalty: Generally support
Censorship: Oppose
Flag burning: Freedom of expression.
Smoking: Smoking bans are for nazis
Alcohol consumption: 18 years of age
Euthanasia: Support legalization
Drugs: Support legalization of soft drugs
Gambling: Oppose
Prostitution: Support legalization
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support relaxing restrictions and allowing it to occur, but no federal funding.
Immigration: Support stronger border security, the fence, no amnesty, send illegals home and don't let them come back, make it easier for honest immigrants to enter legally.
Environment: Oppose Kyoto, support more restrictions than exist now with regards to wildlife protection, no federal funding to stop "Global Warming"
Patriot Act: Generally oppose

Economics

Taxes: Federal flat tax at a rate around 18%(Russia's is 13%), sales tax for the states.
Unions: Support
Free trade: Oppose
Social Security: Keep it public and federal, divert money from other places to keep it afloat.
Space Program: Ridiculous waste of money, almost sickening considering how much of that money could help the less fortunate. Thousands of kids will die of hunger so that a space shuttle can launch for no discernable reason. Private companies are starting to do it anyway, so there's no reason to continue with NASA.
Welfare: Support reforms

Foreign Policy

Democracy and Trade: Oppose trading with dictatorships
United Nations: Oppose, what a joke
Iraq: Leave immediately and take as much oil with us as we can when we go.
Israel: Support the State of Israel's right to exist and defend itself; set benchmarks for Palestinian statehood(democracy, seperation of church and state, stable military to control Islamists.)


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Hash on July 08, 2007, 12:52:48 am
Social

Abortion: Generally pro-choice if done within the first 16 weeks or so
Gay Rights: Apathetic. I don't really care if gays get married or not because it doesn't affect me and most of my gay friends don't seem to care much either.
Separation of Church and State: means different things to different people; i dont mind if the pledge is kept or ten commandments at courts, but do I want an established "American Church"? Of course not
Affirmative Action: Support
Gun Control: Oppose for rifles, shotguns, and handguns
Death Penalty: Generally support
Censorship: Oppose
Flag burning: Freedom of expression.
Smoking: Smoking bans are for nazis
Alcohol consumption: 18 years of age
Euthanasia: Support legalization
Drugs: Support legalization of soft drugs
Gambling: Oppose
Prostitution: Support legalization
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support relaxing restrictions and allowing it to occur, but no federal funding.
Immigration: Support stronger border security, the fence, no amnesty, send illegals home and don't let them come back, make it easier for honest immigrants to enter legally.
Environment: Oppose Kyoto, support more restrictions than exist now with regards to wildlife protection, no federal funding to stop "Global Warming"
Patriot Act: Generally oppose

Economics

Taxes: Federal flat tax at a rate around 18%(Russia's is 13%), sales tax for the states.
Unions: Support
Free trade: Oppose
Social Security: Keep it public and federal, divert money from other places to keep it afloat.
Space Program: Ridiculous waste of money, almost sickening considering how much of that money could help the less fortunate. Thousands of kids will die of hunger so that a space shuttle can launch for no discernable reason. Private companies are starting to do it anyway, so there's no reason to continue with NASA.
Welfare: Support reforms

Foreign Policy

Democracy and Trade: Oppose trading with dictatorships
United Nations: Oppose, what a joke
Iraq: Leave immediately and take as much oil with us as we can when we go.
Israel: Support the State of Israel's right to exist and defend itself; set benchmarks for Palestinian statehood(democracy, seperation of church and state, stable military to control Islamists.)


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Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: useful idiot on July 08, 2007, 06:59:32 pm
Social

Abortion: Generally pro-choice if done within the first 16 weeks or so
Gay Rights: Apathetic. I don't really care if gays get married or not because it doesn't affect me and most of my gay friends don't seem to care much either.
Separation of Church and State: means different things to different people; i dont mind if the pledge is kept or ten commandments at courts, but do I want an established "American Church"? Of course not
Affirmative Action: Support
Gun Control: Oppose for rifles, shotguns, and handguns
Death Penalty: Generally support
Censorship: Oppose
Flag burning: Freedom of expression.
Smoking: Smoking bans are for nazis
Alcohol consumption: 18 years of age
Euthanasia: Support legalization
Drugs: Support legalization of soft drugs
Gambling: Oppose
Prostitution: Support legalization
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support relaxing restrictions and allowing it to occur, but no federal funding.
Immigration: Support stronger border security, the fence, no amnesty, send illegals home and don't let them come back, make it easier for honest immigrants to enter legally.
Environment: Oppose Kyoto, support more restrictions than exist now with regards to wildlife protection, no federal funding to stop "Global Warming"
Patriot Act: Generally oppose

Economics

Taxes: Federal flat tax at a rate around 18%(Russia's is 13%), sales tax for the states.
Unions: Support
Free trade: Oppose
Social Security: Keep it public and federal, divert money from other places to keep it afloat.
Space Program: Ridiculous waste of money, almost sickening considering how much of that money could help the less fortunate. Thousands of kids will die of hunger so that a space shuttle can launch for no discernable reason. Private companies are starting to do it anyway, so there's no reason to continue with NASA.
Welfare: Support reforms

Foreign Policy

Democracy and Trade: Oppose trading with dictatorships
United Nations: Oppose, what a joke
Iraq: Leave immediately and take as much oil with us as we can when we go.
Israel: Support the State of Israel's right to exist and defend itself; set benchmarks for Palestinian statehood(democracy, seperation of church and state, stable military to control Islamists.)


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So being pro-choice, supporting affirmative action, immediate withdrawal from Iraq, supporting unions and opposing free trade, opposing the Patriot Act, supporting the legalisation of drugs, euthenasia and prostitution, opposing censorship and attempts to ban flag burning are Republican ideals now, eh? Hmm, I might have to look into switching parties....


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Undisguised Sockpuppet on July 08, 2007, 08:10:19 pm
This is Hashemite. Ignore him.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: NDN on July 10, 2007, 12:11:09 am
After having thought about it for a few months, I think the "cut benefits" people are right on Social Security. Why are we forcing the working and middle class to pay for current retirees who can support themselves just fine? Either abolish it or make it a means-tested welfare program targeted only to the elderly poor.

Not to mention the constitutionality of the program is questionable.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Verily on July 10, 2007, 12:20:57 am
After having thought about it for a few months, I think the "cut benefits" people are right on Social Security. Why are we forcing the working and middle class to pay for current retirees who can support themselves just fine? Either abolish it or make it a means-tested welfare program targeted only to the elderly poor.

I could agree with that. The problem I see with social security, however, is that it encourages people not to be too concerned about their finances. Obviously it doesn't affect the decisions of a well-off person, but someone who could either A) save a certain amount of money over their lifespan for retirement or B) spend that money on worthless consumerist goods and get it back from the government anyway will always choose the latter, which, IMO, is not a good idea to be promoting.

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Not to mention the constitutionality of the program is questionable.

How so?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: NDN on July 10, 2007, 12:33:29 am
After having thought about it for a few months, I think the "cut benefits" people are right on Social Security. Why are we forcing the working and middle class to pay for current retirees who can support themselves just fine? Either abolish it or make it a means-tested welfare program targeted only to the elderly poor.

I could agree with that. The problem I see with social security, however, is that it encourages people not to be too concerned about their finances. Obviously it doesn't affect the decisions of a well-off person, but someone who could either A) save a certain amount of money over their lifespan for retirement or B) spend that money on worthless consumerist goods and get it back from the government anyway will always choose the latter, which, IMO, is not a good idea to be promoting.

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Not to mention the constitutionality of the program is questionable.

How so?

1. I would agree with that as well. The government should be promoting private accounts through tax breaks and the like.

2. A variety of reasons. But the basic problem was that under the "reserve clause" of the Constitution (the 10th Amendment) powers not specifically granted to the federal government are reserved for the States or the people. Since the government was obviously not explicitly authorized to do that, they only had two possible justifications: the commerce clause or the broad power to levy taxes and expend funds to "provide for the general welfare," as the basis for the programs in the Act. But neither one was really convincingly argued, in fact the Supreme Court only ruled that the Social Security tax was valid.

Not to mention FDR misled Congress and the Public on the nature of the program.



Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Verily on July 10, 2007, 12:43:59 am
I suppose I should point out that I support universal health care, and, once it is implemented, social security becomes more or less redundant (as the vast majority of expenses incurred by the elderly are health-related anyway).


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Madhur on July 10, 2007, 03:45:48 am
Liberal:

-Pro-Choice no matter what
-Allow homosexual marriage
-Time Table system to get out of Iraq
-Increase economic aid to allied nations
-Increase school spending
-Staunchly secular. No public school prayer what so ever
-Increase in veterans benefits
-Actively combat global warming
-Against drilling in ANWR
-Increase reliance on renewable energies
-Very limited censorship
-Cut tax loopholes the rich use
-Eliminate most corporate tax cuts with an exception to Green companies
-Tax Oil company windfall profits
-Universal Healthcare (voluntary government funded)
-Increase minimum wage
-Legalize euthanesia
-Legalize Marijuana

Moderate:

-Support Bush's immigration plan. Limit immigration from Mexico dramatically, build a border wall and expand out border patrol
-Support gobalization but put tarrifs to protect valuable American industries
-Cut excessive social spending but maintain some level of it
-Re write Patriot bill
-Eliminate farm subsidies for high income farmers
-Consitutional amendment outlawing the governments ability to get into debt
-Moderate gun control

Conservative:

-Avidly anti Union (workers adress their complaints to law enforcement)
-Cut pork barrel spending
-Increase military spending
-Limit funding of UN
-Independent aggressive foriegn policy
-Lower taxes all across the board and simplify our tax system
-Expand death penalty for rapists and pedophiles
-Outlaw parole and  increase sentences
-Keep prostitution illegal
-Against Affirmative Action
-Illegalize flag burning


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: D.R.M. on July 10, 2007, 04:37:46 pm
A lot of these issues are unique to Canada, so don't be surprised if you aren't too familiar with a lot of them.


Social Policy

Same-Sex Marriage: Marriage is a civil institution with the function of legally uniting people who love each other, at least in their own eyes. Any two people who think they love one another should be allowed to get married. This means couples of the same gender should be able to get married. If theocrats really believed marriage was “sanctioned by god” this would mean atheists or followers of a different religion couldn’t get married, clearly something against human rights as civilly determined.

Abortion: I support abortion on demand up to the Third Trimester. In the Third Trimester abortion would be allowed for health issues.

De facto Secularism: The only religious reasons that ought to be considered when drafting or debating bills in the Senate or House of Commons should be that of religious liberty. End the State-funded Catholic School System in Ontario (http://secularalliance.ca/2007/06/28/one-school-system-network-enters-public-light-at-queen%e2%80%99s-park/) and keep Faith-Based Arbitration (http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1126539690860_121948890) out of the legal system.

Intellectual Freedom: Support the right to state ideas in any medium which aren’t slanderous, defamatory, or libelous in exception to advertisements.

Drugs: Legalize “soft drugs” and treat drug abuse as a health rather than criminal matter and fine users of “hard drugs”.   

Stem Cell Research: Should be legal and supported, if not funded, by the federal government.

Immigration: Keep Canada’s current immigration laws, as is.

Euthanasia: Doctors should be able to kill somebody in unbearable pain/no chance of survival with their consent. 

Health Policy

Healthcare: Stop creeping privatization; keep Canada’s single-payer public healthcare system, and fund research & development into medical technologies. Anyone under 20 should have access to government funded dental care.

Daycare: Fund a federal daycare program for children and offer tax credits to stay at home parents.

Tobacco: Ban smoking in public places, put a 90% tax on cigarettes (on top of the GST) and keep the ban on cigarette advertisements. Use revenue from the tax to fund programs that help smokers quit.

Anthropogenic Climate Change & Pollution: Subsidize automobile industries that produce “green cars” and industries working with to develop environmentally-friendly energy sources. Extensively fund research & development into alternative energy sources and impose a progressive carbon tax.

Drugs: Continue educating school children on the dangers of drugs, use fines from hard drug users to invest in Drug Rehabilitation Centres.     

Alcohol: Keep the legal drinking age as is in Canada (18 years). Continue to teach children and the public at large about the dangers of alcohol abuse and fund rehabilitation centres. Place a 2% tax on alcohol on top of the GST. 

Trans Fat: Impose a 12% tax on anything with Trans fat on top of the GST.

Sexual Education:Teach Junior High School and High School Students about the dangers of unprotected sex and on how to use a condom. When going through birth control methods, mention abstinence.

Crime: Keep Canada free of capital punishment. Prisoners convicted of violent crimes should be forced to preform labour which will generate income for the prison. The prison should use the income for rehabilitation programs. Introduce mandatory minimum sentences for child molesters and do not let child molesters out of prison unless surgically or chemically castrated (as in California (http://www.cnn.com/US/9608/29/castration/))

Government Reform

Head of State: The Monarchy is an anachronistic and aristocratic institution, decided by heritage rather than merit. It’s out of place in a country with equality rights embedded in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Monarchy discriminates on the basis of religion, baring Catholics and all non-Anglicans from the thrown. “Defender of the Faith” as part of the Canadian Monarch’s title shows how at odds with a country of multiple faiths the institution is. The Monarchy would be replaced with a Governor-General elected by Parliament (http://www.canadian-republic.ca/faq.html#If%20we%20choose%20to%20Canadianize%20our%20Head%20of%20State), akin to the President of Ireland, with the approval of the Commonwealth of Nations, hence making Canada a Commonwealth Republic. The office of Governor-General would be mandated by the constitution to be nonreligious/secular. Canada’s horrible citizenship oath (http://www.canadian-republic.ca/citizenship_oath.html), as a result, would lack reference to the Queen.

Electoral System: Merge electoral districts of smaller population together to create multi-member constituencies. That is, districts that sends more than one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons. To be precise, there would be four MPs from each multi-member district. Candidates must have a certain quota of votes to be elected (the Droop Quota). In essence, elections to the House of Commons would be done with the single transferable vote system (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_Transferable_Vote).

Senate Reform: Democratize the Canadian Senate, elect members to the Canadian Senate through the single transferable vote system. Increase the number of days the Senate has to sit.

De jure Secularism: Remove “God” from the Preamble to the Canadian Constitution and add on “Freedom from and of Religion” to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Amend the constitution to bar Federal, Provincial, or Municipal Governments from giving preference to one religion over another in any way.

Aboriginal Governance: Give First Nations reserve councils more autonomy and money, as the aboriginal population is booming on reserves. Also elect an additional Member of Parliament from each province to represent reverse and aboriginal interests. 

Civil Service: Make civil servants record their spending and publish records of their spending on their department’s website each month. Additionally implement U.K. style reforms, with the exception of privatization, to the civil service in order to make it more effective and efficient.

Foreign Policy

Trade: Placing tariffs on foreign products usually hurts impoverished third world producers. But trade, as currently conducted, benefits the multinational “middlemen” more so than the producers. This is why we should renegotiate trade agreements to give third world producers a more equitable share and place high tariffs on products made in sweatshops or by child labour. In summary, Fair Trade.

United Nations: Hold elections to determine Canada’s Ambassador to the UN and try to reform the Human Rights Council to get Human Rights Violators off it. Give 0.7 % of Canada’s GDP to UN humanitarian aid programs and increase the number of Peacekeepers supplied by Canada by a third and follow up on Canada’s peacekeeping dues.     
 
Israel/Palestine: Condemn human rights abuses by Israel in the Occupied Territories. Condemn terrorism of Hamas. Officially support absorbing the “Occupied Territories” into Israel and giving all Palestinian residents citizenship in a secular/multicultural Israeli democracy (One State Solution (http://www.thenation.com/doc/20031103/lazare)). 

Fiscal and Economic Policy

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Require everyone with a television to get a Television license, as to fund the CBC.

Labour Unions: Encourage labour unions and pass anti-Strikebreaking legislation to protect workers on strike.

Taxes: Keep the GST at 6%. Increase corporate income tax, both domestic and foreign. Introduce taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, Trans fatty foods, and a carbon tax (as stated above). Keep most personal income taxes as are, except increase taxes on those making 3 million dollars a year and above to 40% of their income taxed. Eliminate tax shelters in the Upper Income Brackets (those earning 126,000 - 3 million [my new tax scheme introduced the 3 million and over bracket] and those earning 3 millon and over).

Corporations: Aside from increasing their taxes, try and limit the number of corporations chartered and encourage sole proprietorships over corporations.

Telecommunications: Create “Canada Telephone Service”, a nationalized crown corporation dealing with telephone services.

Pensions: Make regulations to prevent employers from under-funding pensions.

Minimum Wage: Let collective bargaining decide that. 

Work Week: Introduce a 35 hour work week.

Tuition: Give out Australian-style tuition rebates to students who stay in Canada after finishing university.   

Universities: Increase funding for Universities by 12%.

ATM Fees: Ban ATM fees.

Cooperatives and Credit Unions: Issue statements of moral support for these organizations.

Science

Canadian Space Agency: (http://www.space.gc.ca/asc/eng/default.asp) Mandate the agency to cooperate more with privately-run space organizations, such as Canadian Arrow (http://www.canadianarrow.com/spacecentre.htm), to put Canada on the “space exploration map”, so to speak.

Evolution: Encourage Provincial governments to make evolution crucial in high school biology curriculum.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Heinous on July 11, 2007, 06:07:07 pm
Political Typology: Western Democrat  Examples: Jon Tester, Ed Pearlmutter, Brian  Scwitzer, Dave Freudenthal


Social : Microcratic Liberal

Education: Keep status-quo on evolution
Abortion: Pro-Choice, support the originial ruling in Roe v. Wade, no funding though. No restrictions on funding or practice of stem cell research or health care delivery.  Full prosecution for murder for 3rd trimester abortions unless in self-defense. 2nd degree abortions outside of rape, insest, self-defense and unforeseen defect can be civilly liable on the federal level and criminally liable at the state level. End the Mexico City policy and reconsider cloning. Fully fund birth control clinics and comphrehensive sex ed.
Homosexuality: I support legal recognition of homosexuals or an end to the state recognition of sectarian marraige.
Church/State: I support the status quo on the issue.
Drugs: Continue combating meth, end prohibition on marijuana. Defer the drug war to the states.
Affirmative Action: Nuetral on issue and its a states' rights issue.
Immigration: I support the current status quo on the issue and favor enforcing current laws
2nd Amendment: Legalize assault weapons and conceal carry. Support "Make My Day".
Euthanasia: Support Oregon's Law
Death Penalty: Oppose with exception to terrorism or in war time.
Prostitution: Legalize it, still prosecute if STDS are transferred.
Freedom of Speech and Pornography: So long as children are not involved and no other crime is committed, pornography should be legal and indecent exposure should only be enforced around children. All other speech should only be restricted around children as well and violent video games should be a matter for the states only. I am really hung up on campaign and ethics reform.
Tort Reform: The 7th and 8th amendments are suitable for this need.
Gambling: Laws against this seem unreasonable given that when one invests, one is gambling.
Patriot Act: Strongly Oppose. We all must understand that 9/11 was a once in a lifetime event.
Hate Laws: I oppose hate speech(I would consider flag burning hate speech) rerstrictions, but a violent crime done clearly done in the name of hate should be aggrevated. However, it should be a complete defense  in any legal subsequent legal proceding if someone "lashes out" because of the hateful speech of another...
Rapists/Pedophiles: Perhaps we should try physical, not chemical, castration and use them as eunuchs




Economic Issues: Moderate Liberal

Taxes: Restore the Clinton Tax code, redistribute tax cuts to 35K to 90K income bracket and remove payroll taxes for paychecks that are for less than 400 dollars a week.

Unions: Supportive. As companies buy labor, there should be companies that sell it by selling themselves.  Repeal Labor Laws and give that power to unions.

Free trade: Strongly support except for funding the development of new infrastructure and industries.

Spending: Levels of spending should be pinned to inflation until their internal finances and administrative structures are reviewed and waste identified. Where cuts in spending can be made they should be made.

Social Security: Move towards part privatisation of the pensions system and an immediate raising of the retirement age to 67. It should also be raised to 70 when life expectancy is raised to 87 (probably by 2045) and should be privatized completely when average life expancy rises to 100 (by 2085).

Space Program: Increase Funding, privatize all sub-orbital and orbital space infrastructure, services, research and transportation. National should focus on making sure that the ORION system matures and establishes Moon Stations and Martian Expeditions.

Welfare: If you want to encourage people to enter the workplace, you have to make the take home pay higher than welfare. As outlined above, income tax should be abolished for those below a certain income allowing an incentive to non workers. Also, there should be an earn income tax credit program to allow those who work at least 40 hours(or 35 for a single parent with more than 2 children so long as they see a social worker) a week to supplement their income so that they are above the poverty line.

Health-care: I support the Massachuettes plan. We need to allow people to work by what is good by them, but allow them to be able to afford the plan they need. However, for one to be eligible for MediAssist(insurance subsidies for middle income individuals), MedicAid or MediCare, they must be able to show that they are taking preventative steps in order to lower their costs. Also, medical programs should make it easier to buy vocational prosthesis such as cybernetic implants and gene therapies as they become available.

Education: Use an alternative voucher system and raise overall funding.

Environment and Subsidies:Transfer subsidies from oil to uranium, solar energy and hydrogen production. Create new industries to buy off all of the excess corm produced by subsidies, cut subsidies of farmers once agriculture becomes more profitable from new industries. We should allow states to manage the wolf populations per the designs so long as the continental wolf population stays above 50% of its current level.

Foreign Policy Issues: Centrist

Democracy and Trade: Don't punish the citizens of a country because its government is destructive to the common good or its people.

Afghanistan: Send an extra division to Afghanistan.

United Nations: Strongly support. We must work with other nations to 'lock out' dubious undemocratic nations from key posts. The UN can be used as an insturment to secure America's leadership.

Iraq: I initially supported the war, but began opposition in April 2004, Leave by the election, except for 4 brigades near the Syria Border and 4 brigades in Kurdistan.

Israel: Strongly support Israel and its defence of it's people and territory. Support establishement of Palestinian State under democratic leadership. Propose that East Jerusalem become a joint adminstered 'free city' under the UN. Allow Israel to deal with Gaza in whatever way it sees fit.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Heinous on July 11, 2007, 10:42:11 pm
Wow, you are so liberal, you make me, an active tow-the-line democrat blush.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on July 12, 2007, 09:47:03 am
I suppose I should point out that I support universal health care, and, once it is implemented, social security becomes more or less redundant (as the vast majority of expenses incurred by the elderly are health-related anyway).

Uh, no.  Social Security won't be redundant, and the VAST majority of seniors' out of pocket expenses are not health related.

Seniors already have universal health care.  It's called Medicare.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Small Business Owner of Any Repute on July 12, 2007, 10:01:33 am
Health-care: I support the Massachuettes plan. We need to allow people to work by what is good by them, but allow them to be able to afford the plan they need. However, for one to be eligible for MediAssist(insurance subsidies for middle income individuals), MedicAid or MediCare, they must be able to show that they are taking preventative steps in order to lower their costs. Also, medical programs should make it easier to buy vocational prosthesis such as cybernetic implants and gene therapies as they become available.

I have no idea why anyone would want to support the Massachusetts plan.  Do you think most HMOs do a good job now?  Do you think everyone should be forced to be on them under penalty of law?

Are you familiar with the idea of "junk coverage"?  Essentially, that's what you're getting with the Massachusetts plan: astronomically high deductables that make the health insurance virtually useless for all but the most extended of hospital stays.  And even for that, you'll be paying at least $150 a month.

There's no reason to force 25-year-olds to buy HMO coverage.  Over the past year, I've had one emergency room visit, five doctors visits (specialist and primary care), one elective surgical operation, and a number of different non-refilled prescriptions.

Total cost of all my health care without any insurance?  Approximately $5,000.   Total cost with one of the Massachusetts "junk plans"?  Approximately $4,000, plus another $1,800 in yearly premiums.  The high deductable makes these HMO plans absolutely useless for 98% of common problems 25-year-olds face.  (They do cover simple doctor visits, but you'd need a lot of visits to your PC physician to make up the $1,800 in premiums.)

That's how sh**tty these Massachusetts plans are.  And the income cutoffs for free/subsidized care aren't as high as you think: somewhere around $30,000.

It's a disasterous program that I completely resent being forced into under penalty of law.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Heinous on July 12, 2007, 10:24:40 am
Then again, it could just be elective....have a cutoff at the 60th pencentile and work with HMOs for custom packages that are worth about about 1000 a year in general expenses plus CHIP and dental.

Upon further thought, I oppose the fairness doctrine anywhere, at anytime. Nuetrality is a fundamental right to the media.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: © tweed on July 12, 2007, 10:53:53 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: atheist

Abortion: oppose making it illegal

Separation of Church and State: drive religion underground

Marriage: abolish state-recognized marraige

Affirmative Action: oppose

Gun Control: guns allowed ONLY if purchased with the intent to forcibly overthrow the government of the united state of america

Death Penalty: oppose

Censorship: against

Flag burning: legal and encouraged

Hate crimes: oppose hate crime legislation

Hate speech: oppose hate speech legislation

Smoking: ban effective Jul 30 2008 except for pre-existing smokers.  tobacco companies nationalized and subsequently dissolved

Alcohol consumption: abolish drinking age

Euthanasia: legal

Drugs: legal

Gambling: legal

Prostitution: legal

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support government funding

Immigration: goddamned mexicans dragging down my property balues

Economic Issues

General Philosophy: 21st century socialism

Taxes: steeply progressive

Unions: union workers should be protected from being fired during strikes.  right to work laws should be repealed.

Free trade: protectionist

Spending: gut military spending (have soldiers shovel snow like they did in Canada back in '99 or whatever it was), increase social welfare

Social Security: support

Workers' Rights: slit the throats of the owners

Space Program: must get cracking on that sh**t since earth will be cooked by 2200

Welfare: increase

Healthcare: one-tier nationalized single-payer healthcare    private sector disbanded

Education: Oppose vouchers, increase public education spending

Foreign Issues

General Philosophy: overthrow Israel

Democracy and Trade: whatever

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: those usually are good

United Nations: has right to exist, although the USA's permanent seat should be replaced with Venezuela

Iraq: leave

Israel: fund Hamas


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Undisguised Sockpuppet on July 16, 2007, 06:49:03 pm
A simplified versions of my views(can provide detailed on request).

Socially: Hands off social permissive. Do whatever you want with your body. Its not my problem. Legalize vices and get the state out of being society's moral arbiter.

Economically: Hamiltonian/Dengist state capitalist. This is mainly to ensure that we don't have things like megacorps running rampant and to be able to do programs like a MASSIVE space program, infrastructure building and a MASSIVE funding of tech/science.

National Security: National Security state now and a militant isolationist police; you don't mess with us and we won't attack you but if you mess with us your nation's ethnic group will only be a footnote in history books and your language only spoken in hell(this is if your language is only spoken in your nation). Reward America's friends and death to America's enemies.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Josh/Devilman88 on July 17, 2007, 07:40:47 pm

Social Issues

General philosophy: Lean Conservative

Separation of church and state: Oppose

Freedom of speech: Strongly Support.

Right to an abortion: I only support it in cases of rape and life and death cases.

Affirmative action: Strongly Oppose.

Gun rights: We should have background checks on everyone buying a gun. 

Civil unions or gay marriage: Leave it up to the state

Euthanasia: Support

Prostitution: Oppose.

Capital punishment: Strongly Support. 

Economic Issues

General philosophy: Leftist

Employers and Employees: Private employers should not discriminate based on race, gender, or other factors.

Taxation: Cut taxes across the boarder, there to make a flat tax rate.

Spending: Increase spending in education and social programs

Free trade: Support only with countries that have labor laws up to par with our own. (Has human rights laws)

Funding of the space program: Keep the same.

Foreign policy

General philosophy: Central

Iraq: Stay in as long as need, but decrease the amount of soliders there.

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Energy- Start look for other sources then oil.

Health Care- The Government should only help those who can't afford it.

Immigration-Sharply decrease the number immigration. They are taking our jobs and living off our tax payers.



Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Frodo on August 25, 2007, 08:52:19 pm
Social/Cultural Hot-Button issues

Affirmative Action: Strongly oppose affirmative action based on gender, race, and/or ethnic background.  Would support affirmative action on a socio-economic basis, however.

Abortion: I support the overturning of Roe vs. Wade and Casey vs. Planned Parenthood, and returning the issue back to the states where it rightfully belongs.  Accordingly, I favor the nomination of those justices to create the majority required to overturn the 1973 decision.

Stem-Cell Research: Strongly support using federal tax-dollars to fund embryonic stem-cell research, and lifting the ban on letting laboratories create new lines of embryonic stem-cells.

Gay Rights: Favor letting the states determine where they stand on the gay marriage issue as opposed to the Supreme Court.  Would support extending to gay and lesbian couples rights normally restricted to heterosexual married couples, such as hospital visitation, inheritance of estates and other property, among others.  Also support hate crime legislation, as well as overturning 'Don't Ask; Don't Tell', and allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, and without harassment for their sexual orientation.  In fact I would go further, and advocate creating an elite unit in the U.S. military composed entirely of gay male couples (w/ a corresponding one for lesbian couples) based on the Sacred Band of Thebes.

Sex and Prostitution: Favor comprehensive sex education programs, including accurate and up-to-date information regarding safe sex (condoms, contraceptives, etc.), sexually transmitted diseases like HIV-AIDS, as well as abstinence.  Also favor the legalization of brothels.

Second Amendment: The Second Amendment was intended to be seen as protecting an individual right as with all the other original ten amendments that comprised the Bill of Rights when it was added to the Constitution -given this context it makes little sense to interpret it otherwise.  When it was originally written, 'militia' connoted the entirety of the citizenry, not just a government-created body. 

Accordingly, I support concealed-carry, 'castle-doctrine' laws, and other liberalizing measures.  Needless to say, I strongly oppose gun-bans at any governmental level, be it municipal, state, or national in scope.  However, as with every other amendment, there are limits that must be recognized, and criminals and those deemed certifiably insane by the medical profession should not have access to firearms, and I support measures (e.g. background checks) to that effect so long as the definitions regarding these groups are narrowly construed.   

Drug War: Given the results of the past forty years since the 'war on drugs' was first inaugurated by President Nixon, most dramatically seen in Mexico's increasing likelihood of disintegration as it battles drug lords, I now support ending the 'war on drugs', and instead direct our attention and funding towards prevention and treatment of addicts. 

Election Reform: I support replacing the First-Past-The-Post system with proportional representation with regard to Congress and state legislatures. For presidential elections, I favor having each state assign electoral votes to each presidential nominee based on vote totals they win within each congressional district (similar to Maine and Nebraska), with the precondition that such congressional districts are redrawn not by political parties but by judges within the state they are redistricting.

I also favor replacing our current front-loaded primary/caucus schedule with a Rotating Regional Primary System (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotating_Regional_Primary_System).

llegal Immigration: I would support full amnesty of the 12 million or so illegal aliens in the United States if we focus first on ensuring that our borders would be secured so as to prevent future hordes of Mexicans and other Latin Americans from coming across the border. I also support significant increases in funding for ESL (English-as-a-Second-Language) programs, as well as shifting the emphasis of our immigration policy away from family reunification towards those immigrants who have skills, and are well educated.

Economic issues

Minimum Wage: Support raising it and having it pegged to inflation, provided there are provisions made for small businesses who can less afford the higher costs involved than a multinational corporation.

Labor Unions: Strongly support the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (http://www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/voiceatwork/efca/) to strengthen labor unions.

Energy Independence and the Environment: To build a more ecologically sustainable society over the long-haul, I favor research into nuclear fusion and hydrogen fuel-cell technologies; increasing investments into alternative renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass among others; promoting energy efficiency in government as well as in private industry, using the LEED Green Building Rating System (http://www.usgbc.org/) as a model; tax credits for hybrid vehicles; increasing the fuel economy standards for newer vehicles; as well as the expansion of new nuclear power plants, and updating those already in existence (particularly in areas east of the Mississippi, where the only other viable alternatives to power eastern urban metropolises are coal and oil).  The federal government should also increase investments into mass transit programs in urban areas so as to concentrate population growth in those areas.

Am also open to imposing mandatory CO2 emissions limits as well as a carbon tax (http://www.carbontax.org/) to combat (anthropocentric) global warming.

NASA -Space Exploration: Strongly support President Bush's initiative to refocus the space agency away from the International Space Station (instead letting private companies and international space agencies fund the ISS upon its completion) and towards the exploration (and hopeful colonization) of the Moon and Mars.  I also support replacing our ageing space shuttle fleet with newer rockets built as part of the Constellation program (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/constellation/main/index.html), and distributing funding accordingly.  I do not support extending the use of our current space shuttles beyond 2010.   

Foreign Policy

The United States is not likely to retain its status as the 'sole, remaining superpower' as this century progresses, and our power will decline relative to the continued rise of new great powers like China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and Iran.  It is therefore to our long-term benefit to strengthen international law and institutions to brace the liberal international order that we heralded into existence after the end of the Second World War, and to make more likely that such rising powers assimilate to the existing order rather than create a parallel system that is not so conducive to the spread of free markets, democracy, and liberal norms.   


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: wdecker1 on August 26, 2007, 03:32:21 pm
Abortion:
-I support Roe v. Wade, but I do not encourage women to get abortions.
 
Budget and the Economy:
-I believe in a balanced budget.

Civil Rights:
-I support equal opportunity for all, however, I do not support affirmative action or qoutas.  I believe that race should not be an issue when hiring people for jobs, or enrolling students into universities.
-I belive government wire-tapping is a violation of people's rights, thus I am against wire-tapping or any kind of monitoring.
-I believe that the display of religious symbols on public land should regulated at the state level, not the national level, unless these symbols prohibit others from freely practicing their religion.  Then federal interference may be necessary.

Crime:
-I am against the death penalty because it is not an effective measure in reducing crimes.
-I believe in the three strikes your out policy.

Drugs:
-I believe in fighting the War on Drugs.

Education:
-I believe that prayer in schools should not be enforced, but if individual students want to pray, they can.
-I am against the use of school vouchers.  I believe we need to put more money into our public schools.
-I believe that we need to provide more federal funding for college students.

Energy and Oil:
-We need to reduce our dependence on foriegn oil, and promote the use of ethanol.

Environment:
-The U.S. needs to sign the Kyoto Protocol and force businesses to reduce there energy consumption.
-I believe we need a carbon tax on industry.
-We need to put more pressure on China, to lower their energy use.

Foriegn Policy:
-America and the United Nations need to provide more aid for the people in Darfur.
-The United Nations needs to put more pressure on China to protect human rights.
-I believe it is time to pull out of Iraq.  I support the Joe Biden plan of dividing Iraq into three different sections.  We need to support Afghanistan more, and put more pressure on Pakistan to give up Bin Laden.
-We need to work diplomatically with Iran to resolve our issues with them, and not go to war with them.

Free Trade:
-I believe in withdrawing from NAFTA, and abolishing the WTO.
-I think workers should have more of a say in trade agreements.

Gun Control:
-I believe the 2nd Amendment should be protected.

Health Care:
-I support universal health care.

Immigration:
-We cannot deport the illegal immigrants in the US.  We need to have a path to citizenship for them.  However, we need to put more security on the border to prevent more illegal immigrants from coming in.

Infrastructure/Technology:
-We need to have no censorship on the internet.
-We need to proivde more money to repair our bridges and roads.

Jobs:
-I believe that the government needs to provide more support for the small farmers.
-I believe in a higher minimum wage.
-I believe in a stronger OSHA, and that all of the union busting lawyers need to be expelled from the department of labor.
-We need to stop outsourcing jobs, and keep the good industrial jobs in America.
-We need to enforce antitrust laws and give the labor unions support in negotiations.

Social Security:
-S. Security should not be privatized.

Tax Reform:
-We should repeal the Bush tax cuts and maintain the progressive tax system.

Welfare and Poverty:
-We need to encourage people to get off of welfare and get into the workforce, however, welfare should not be abolished.
-I believe faith-based charities can have access to government funds.




Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: etnavibes on January 27, 2008, 06:11:24 pm
Social Issues:

Abortion: Pro-life
Gay Rights: Pro-civil unions, but government should stay out of marriage since it is a religious issue. 
Separation of Church and State: Support
Affirmative Action: Oppose, it is reverse discrimination
Gun Control: Less regulations
Death Penalty: Oppose
Censorship: Oppose, but keep laws against libel, slander and defamation against individuals
Flag burning: Oppose
Hate crimes: Oppose legislating special rights to victims of a crime
Hate speech: Dialogue is healthy, violence is not
Smoking: What an individual does to his/her body is their choice
Alcohol consumption: See above
Euthanasia: Oppose- killing is the exception to the rule above
Drugs: Marijuana for medical purposes
Gambling: Support
Prostitution: Support
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support, on the condition that the cells do not come from the un-born
Immigration: Strengthen our borders
Environment: We must conserve open and forested land, reduce our pollution, give incentives to alternative energy, and encourage individuals and private groups to preserve land
Patriot Act: Oppose, we must protect the citizens' right to privacy

Economic Issues:

Taxes: Lower taxes, abolish the IRS
Unions: Support company-based unions rather than trade-based unions
Free trade: Free trade is good in principle, abolish such agreements like NAFTA
Spending: Streamline government programs to ensure efficiency
Social Security: Let people in their 40s and younger get out of the system- privatize and do not raid the social security fund
Space Program: Support- a lot of great technology comes from this program that later finds itself in the consumer market
Welfare: Support right-to-work programs
Health-care: Make sure the children are covered, and focus on healthy living. Find market-based solutions to get adults insured
Education: Focus on results and let parents decide where to send their kids

Foreign Policy Issues:

United Nations: Oppose
Iraq: It was a diversion from the real objective of the War on Terror- capturing Osama. Find solutions to get out safely.
Israel: Do not fund them


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on April 05, 2008, 01:08:34 pm
Social

Social issues are generally cold-button for me. Economics is much more important.

Abortion: Mildly pro-choice. First trimester, yes. Second trimester, sometimes. Third trimester, almost never. Oppose partial-birth abortions.

Gay rights: I couldn't care less. I have no problems with civil unions.

Gun control: Strongly pro-gun control. It's a lot harder to kill somebody with a knife than with a gun.

Death penalty: Not against the idea, but if you sentence somebody to life without parole by accident, you can release them and give them a s**tload of money. If you fry someone by accident, they're still fried.

School prayer: No organized prayer. Casual references are okay.

Affirmative Action: No. Just no.

Patriot Act: A clearly unconstitutional document.

3 Strikes Laws: There can always be extenuating circumstances. Hard and fast rules are dumb. If the acccused has committed three serious crimes, then the judge will realize that.

Prostitution: Legal, but restricted and regulated.

Gambling: Casino revenue isn't worth the crime it generates.

Drugs: Legal, but restricted and regulated.

Economic

Education: It should be the state's #1 priority. If you don't like what the state gives, go to a private school, but you won't get money from the state for it.

Free Trade: Permissible, if and only if the country in question has equal or greater protection for workers.

Income Tax: The "Fair Tax" has the most Orwellian name I've ever heard. Progressive taxation is key. Let those who can pay pay.

Universal Health Care: Badly needed in this country. I fully support it.

Foreign Policy

Israel: It's here. It's not leaving. But it has a hugely bloated ego, due to the United States. I support a two-state solution.

Iran: Let them be.

Iraq: It is not up to us to determine what sort of political system another country wants.

Military Spending: Slash it.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: NDN on July 06, 2008, 07:08:40 am
Summary: Personal Liberty, States Rights, Fiscal Conservatism and a Humble Foreign Policy.

Cultural Issues:

Abortion: Pro-choice but okay with late-term restrictions and not for using this as a litmus test.

Gay Marriage: I support gay marriage for obvious reasons. However, this issue should be left to the states and courts for the time being.

Affirmative Action: I oppose it, government racial preferences are unconstitutional and this policy often has unintended consequences. I would not oppose class based preferences however.

Gun Control:  No federal gun control! This is a state issue at most. Respect Heller Verdict.

Death Penalty: I support it although it needs reforms such as mandatory DNA testing and videotaping of police interrogations. The costs associated with it aren't that great when you factor in plea bargaining or the severity of the crimes involved as well.

Censorship: Oppose it, unless it directly harms an individual (e.g. libel). FCC regulations and obscenity laws need to be abolished.

Flag Burning: Do not support efforts to ban it, although fire ordinances should be observed.

Hate Crimes/Speech: Generally oppose, especially in cases of free speech. However, in cases of group intimidation or decades old 'civil rights' violations they can be appropriate.

Smoking: I support public smoking bans because second hand smoke is a public health hazard, which often harms people against their consent.

Alcohol consumption: I oppose the current drinking age (partially on the grounds of states rights), but support far tougher penalties for DUI.

Euthanasia: Support. If someone is of sound mind and in extreme pain, they should be allowed to end their suffering in a humane way.

Gambling: I oppose it but this is a state issue.

Prostitution: I support legalization but again, this is a state issue.

Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: I support federal Stem Cell Research.

Sex Education: I support it. Teenagers should be informed on STDs, birth control, etc. to prevent the spread of disease and teenage pregnancy.

Drug War & Marijuana: End the federal war on drugs, it is an tyrannical and expensive failure. Let states make their own laws.

Voting access: Aggressively prosecute 'caging.' Require a paper trail for all electronic ballots.

Illegal Immigration: No 'Amnesty' or Guest Workers! Increase border security, fines, etc. while streamlining process for qualified applicants.

Patriot Act: Oppose, it threatens constitutional rights such as due process, protection from search and seizure, etc. Replace it with the Benjamin Franklin True Patriot Act.

Economic issues

Social Security: We should phase out benefits for the well off and establish tax-free personal retirement/savings accounts for everyone. Congress should be banned from raiding the Trust Fund.

Healthcare: Implement Universal Healthcare similar to the Healthy Americans Act; provide automatic coverage for the unemployed and a choice between private or public coverage for the employed. Allow importation of drugs and buying health insurance over state lines.

Welfare: Focus more on grants and encouraging private charities, including religious ones.

Education: The federal government is ruining education. Abolish the Department of Education and repeal No Child Left Behind. Move towards Charter School system and provide regulated Vouchers. Support Head-start, Student Loans, and After School Programs because they all have proven success records.

Taxes: Raise taxes for wealthy, cut taxes for business and the poor instead. Simplify the tax code overall, there are too many deductions and loop holes.

Spending: Implement a Balanced Budget Amendment to control spending and require more transparency. Enough is enough.

Farm Subsidies: Protect small farms through crop insurance, loans, etc. End subsidies to Megafarms and their predatory practices (incidentally, the public agrees).

Minimum Wage: Abolish the Federal Minimum Wage, leave wage 'rates' to the states. Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and support for charities or similar relief instead. This has been shown to be more efficient (e.g. Congressional Budget Office study).

Eminent Domain: This is extremely disturbing and yet another example of how big government and big business are colluding against us. We must stop special interests from violating property rights and literally driving families from their homes, farms and ranches.

Regulation: Simplify and enforce, because Big Business is evading the law while Smaller Business is generally bearing the brunt of it. Some areas such as food safety need drastic improvements, others are overly complicated (e.g. acquisition).

Infrastructure: Build smarter not larger. Stop funding so many massive highways, subsidized suburban sprawl, etc. New Urbanism and sustainability should be the new model.

Energy Independence and the Environment: Invest massively in alternative energy including Nuclear Power over the long term. Drill for oil offshore and in ANWR but divert a portion of profits to fund research. Move more towards mass public transportation. Enforce existing regulations, don't add new ones (e.g. Kyoto).

Currency: The dollar is being devalued, restore the 'Gold Window' and cap spending to combat it.

Trade Policy: Reform NAFTA and other agreements. Trade should both lower tariffs and aim to promote basic environmental and labor standards. Massively subsidize steel and alternative energy companies.

Foreign Policy

Military Involvement: Our commitments are excessive, we need to focus more on our own problems. Cut funds and involvement in areas such as West Europe, East Asia, Latin America, etc.

Iraq: We were lied into an unconstitutional war, and we are not seeing real progress. Begin phased withdrawal and talks to repartition the country.

Cuba: End the embargo, it is not working and there is no real need anymore.

Israel: The US needs to move towards neutrality.

Iran: Carrot and Stick diplomacy. Offer trade liberalization if they comply more with us. No military action!

China: Maintain relations with China and Taiwan. No MFN; sell arms to Taiwan.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 06, 2008, 07:48:56 am
Unintentionally one year later, let's see what's changed:
 
Prostitution: I support a policy of ignoring it but not condoning it turning into a legitimate business and collecting taxing off it

Patriot Act: Neutral, however, I realize it has done a lot of good like stopping the Brooklyn Bridge plotOppose, it has vastly overstayed its welcome and strayed from its intended purpose

Taxes: I support shutting down the IRS immediatley and replacing our current system with a Fair orFlat Tax system.  I would also cut massive amount of programs to account for these cuts.  (Fair Tax=bad idea)

Space Program: Keep at current levelsScale back heavily to the point of almost elimination

Not as much as I thought, although my stance on gay marriage is a tad different too, but the idea stays the same


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: NDN on July 06, 2008, 10:49:14 am
Separation of church and state: An endorsement of atheism is just as bad as an endorsement of Christianity.

Huh?

Keep income on par with spending. Eliminate income tax.

I'm not sure how you'd do that and still have a mandate for state-administered health insurance plans. Even with the massive spending cuts you're proposing, which let's be honest are not going to happen short of a financial meltdown.

Social Security: Privatize.

That would just make Social Security even less solvent. Logically that would entail less revenue for the program in addition to benefits cuts and the costs incurred from setting up 'transfer accounts.' At least that's assuming you favor something along the lines of the 'partial privatization' the GOP has been touting lately.

Welfare: Extreme overhaul. Subsidize working.

Details please.

Other than that most of what you posted looks pretty logical and straight forward for the most part.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Ebowed on July 06, 2008, 10:54:27 am
An endorsement of atheism is just as bad as an endorsement of Christianity.

Who is proposing a government endorsement of atheism?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on July 06, 2008, 11:19:43 am
An endorsement of atheism is just as bad as an endorsement of Christianity.

Who is proposing a government endorsement of atheism?

The Turks. :P


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Flying Dog on July 06, 2008, 04:29:23 pm
Social Issues:

Abortion: Pro-life; full ban with exceptions of rape, incest or danger of mothers life. More funding for single-mother programs and make adoption easier.
Gay Rights: Support hate-crime legislation. Support gay marriage with full rights and privileges.
Separation of Church and State: Support faith-based initiatives and religious symbols in public buildings
Affirmative Action: Oppose
Gun Control: Support 2nd amendment rights. Safety locks, waiting periods and back-ground checks are good, however. Oppose ban on assault weapons.
Death Penalty: Oppose in all cases.
Censorship: Oppose
Flag burning: Support the right.
Hate crimes: Support hate crime legislation. Steeper penalties.
Hate speech: Support as long as it's not a public safety issue.
Smoking: Public Ban on smoking.
Alcohol consumption: Current laws suffice.
Euthanasia: Oppose
Drugs: Oppose legalization. Medical Marijuana is an exception.
Gambling: Support with higher taxes
Prostitution: Oppose
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support (Castle-Degette Bill) Left over embryos from in vitro clinics should be used instead of thrown out.
Immigration: Support easier path to citizenship. Guest-worker program
Environment: Sign Kyoto treaty. Level penalties against companies that violate environmental statutes and give incentives to companies that protect the enviroment.
Patriot Act: Oppose/Repeal

Economic Issues:

Taxes: Reform the Tax Code. Cut loop-holes out for the rich and repeal Bush tax cuts. Increase taxes on rich while giving tax cuts to poor/middle class.
Unions: Support Unions right to organize. Protect striking union members and laws against company's interfering with union votes.
Free trade: Abolish hurtful trade agreements like NAFTA and level tariffs on foreign goods.
Spending: Streamline government programs to ensure efficiency
Social Security: Raise the age requirement. Cut benefits for rich.
Space Program: Support more funding for NASA.
Welfare: Increase. Enforce requirements.
Health-care: Universal coverage
Education: Repeal NCLB. More funding for failing schools and less emphasis on test scores.

Foreign Policy Issues:

United Nations: Support. Abide by most resolutions.
Iraq: Time-table for withdrawal
Israel: Support in current capacity.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Hash on July 06, 2008, 09:17:03 pm
Abortion: Pro-choice of course, but a non-issue for me.

Death Penalty: I support it for the most heinous crimes such as high treason in wartime, recidivist rapists and serial murderers

School prayer: Strongly oppose

Separation of church and state: Strongly, strongly, very strongly support.

Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: Strongly support

Gay Marriage: I oppose gay marriage (but I oppose an amendment in the constitution) but support civil unions. Also, I'm all for letting the states decide.

Sex Education: Teach the children what they need to know.

Gun Control:  I support tougher gun controls to prevent former criminals etc. for getting guns.

Drug War & Marijuana: Legalize medicinal marijuana, and that's it.

Voting access: Uhm, what? I don't see any reason to change current laws. But I'm skeptic about electronic thingees.

Illegal Immigration: I support a path to citizenship, or regularization of status, if that immigrant has learned English, found a job, and has no past criminal record.

Economic issues

Social Security and other Entitlement programs:  No opinion

Medicare:  No opinion

Medicaid: No opinion

Welfare: Increase a bit, but encourage other options

Education: Provide free, good quality, public education to all.

Taxes: Lower taxes a bit for the lowest classes, and increase a bit for those higher up.

Minimum Wage: Increase, but no need for a timetable or stuff for increasing it

Energy Independence and the Environment: Oppose ethanol fuel, support Kyoto, support renewable energies for cars and so forth. Oppose ANWR drilling and support more public and railway transportation.

Foreign Policy

Iraq: Phase, timelined withdrawal of troops

Afghanistan: Focus the fight on terrorism in Afghanistan. The problem is there.

United Nations: Support, o/c. But also support reform

Iran: Tough stance with Iran, but war as an absolute last resort.



Region-specific issues for France:

35-hours workweek: Strongly oppose. Either scrap it, or depenalize companies with employees working more than 35 hours.

Institutional reform: Support all parts of it, but also support looking into a directly elected Senate (elected Senate in both France and Canada)

EU: Support it. But oppose bureaucratic tendencies and bureaucratic rules and regulations. Oppose Turkish entry into the EU.

Environment: see above, and support all recommendations of the Grenelle. And apply them too.

Immigration: Oppose mass regularization of all illegals, but support a strict case-by-case system and implement a system to allow only the needed legal immigrants.

and Canada:

Afghanistan: see above

Senate: Support triple-E Senate. A Senate elected with MMP or PR would be perfect.

Electoral reform: Support referendums on electoral reform modes such as STV or MMP (prefer MMP)

Liberal carbon tax: support

Stephane Dion: No charisma.

Environment: see above


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Iosif is a COTHO on July 07, 2008, 02:14:58 am
Social Issues:

Abortion: Debate has been overrun by extremists. Have to find a middle-way option. Perhaps legal up to 20 weeks, with no abortion-on-demand.

Death Penalty: Strongly oppose in all cases. The state and the courts should not have the power to kill people.

School prayer: Public schools? Oppose.

Separation of church and state: Strongly support.

Embryonic Stem-Cell Research:  Support

Gay Marriage: Gay couples should have the same legal rights heterosexual couples have. I have no real problem with it being called 'marriage'. Churches should have the right to refuse to marry gay couples though, that's their prerogative.

Sex Education: Support compulsory sex ed from the age of say, 13. Teaching should cover all types of sexuality.  Kids have to know what's what to avoid STD's and unplanned pregnancies. 'Abstinence-only education' is just naive and reckless.

Gun Control:  A state's issue. What's good for New York may not be good for Wyoming. Our main priority should be stopping gun crime in the cities. Perhaps some kind of buy-back program in major cities is a good idea.

Drug War & Marijuana: Marijuana should be legal. For harder drugs, there should be no penalties for use, but rehabilitation.

Voting access: Pen and paper voting. Only those currently in jail for serious offences should be prohibited from voting. Though even then I'm not convinced by the reasoning.

Illegal Immigration: Make legal immigration easier. Illegal immigrants currently in the U.S who have caused no problems should be given a path to citizenship. The worst thing about illegal immigration is the exploitation of the immigrants by criminal employers.

I don't know enough about the exact features of the U.S health systems and welfare systems to make an informed comment on them. Suffice to say that I think universal public health care and a fair welfare system are vital to a moral and just society.

Education:  Free, good quality, public education should be available to everyone. No government funding of private schools (I don't know how that is in the U.S, but it certainly happens a lot in Australia.)

Taxes: Low for those with little, high for those with a lot. Though I would favor a general lowering of tax rates if it meant severely cutting deductions and other loopholes.

Minimum Wage: Pegged to the inflation rate.


Energy Independence and the Environment: Renewable energies! Do everything possible to reduce our dependence on oil.

Iraq: Only withdraw troops when the Iraqi Government and security forces believe it is okay to do so. To drop everything and leave would be a disastrous and cowardly betrayal , almost as bad as the betrayal when Bush Sr. left the Iraqis.





Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: SPC on July 07, 2008, 11:54:53 am
Let's see where I've changed:

Social:
Liberal
- I am pro-choice neutral at the state level
- I support civil-unions seperation of marriage and state
- I support decriminalization of any drug
- I am pro-prostitution.
- I am anti-censorship, within reason.
- I am pro-stem cell research. but against funding it with tax dollaws
- I am tolerant of flag burning, so long as you do it on your own property.
- I support euthanasia.
- I strongly support removing "under god" from the pledge.
- I support evolution
- I oppose public schools prayer
Mixed
- I am anti-smoking ban.
- I am opposed to illegal immigration restrictions, but and feel that quotas should be abolished.
Conservative
- I support the death penalty if DNA evidence is provided. the jury is competent and paid voluntarily
- I oppose gay government licensing of marriage.
- I oppose government sanctioned political correctness.
- I strongly oppose gun control.
- I strongly oppose the Fairness Doctrine.

Economic:
Liberal:
- I support strongly oppose a tariff on foreign oil
- I support oppose government more research into renewable energy.
Mixed
- I support cutting welfare and other programs, and using the money saved to fund job training.
Conservative
- I strongly oppose affirmative action.
- I support free trade.
- I support dismantling the IRS.
- I generally support businesses over unions.
- I oppose stronger environmental regulations.
- I support privatizing eliminating Social Security.
- I would support a balanced budget ammendment.
- I oppose campaign finance reform.
- I oppose raising the minimum wage.
- I oppose increasing funding for public education and NCLB.
- I strongly oppose more government funding for medicaid and other health programs.
- I oppose foreign aid.
- I strongly oppose the FDA.
- I strongly oppose eminent domain.
 
Foreign Policy and Homeland Security:
Liberal:
- I oppose the Patriot Act.
- I oppose NSA wire-tapping.
- I would strongly oppose a draft.
- I oppose the troop surge.
- I oppose increasing military funding.
- I support withdrawal from areas of the world where our presence is unnecesary (i.e. Europe, Afghanistan, Japan)
- I do not believe in going to war with countries that do not pose a direct threat to us.
Mixed:
- I am pro-Israel, but do not support giving them aid. pro-non-intervention
- I support partitioning immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
Conservative:
- I support pulling out of the UN.
- I believe that we need to be aggresive toward completely stay out of Iran and North Korea's affairs to stop their nuclear programs
- I do not believe that habeus corpus applies to prisoners of war. (i.e. Gitmo)



Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: ?????????? on July 07, 2008, 12:05:32 pm
So Fezzy, outside of foreign policy, where do we disagree?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: SPC on July 07, 2008, 12:08:15 pm
So Fezzy, outside of foreign policy, where do we disagree?

The War of Northern Agression.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Ebowed on July 07, 2008, 12:21:03 pm
The Pledge of Allegiance is an interesting issue indeed.  The 'under God' nonsense is a complete political albatross for anyone who dares oppose it, not that anyone in federal office would.

The better question is why we ought to have any pledge in the first place.  Regardless of any religious references it might contain.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: SPC on July 07, 2008, 01:56:46 pm
The Pledge of Allegiance is an interesting issue indeed.  The 'under God' nonsense is a complete political albatross for anyone who dares oppose it, not that anyone in federal office would.

The better question is why we ought to have any pledge in the first place.  Regardless of any religious references it might contain.

Five stars! ;D


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: MasterJedi on July 07, 2008, 01:59:18 pm
So Fezzy, outside of foreign policy, where do we disagree?

The War of Northern Agression Southern Illegality.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on July 07, 2008, 09:06:31 pm
Stephane Dion: No charisma.

:D


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Albus Dumbledore on July 07, 2008, 09:14:57 pm
So Fezzy, outside of foreign policy, where do we disagree?

The War of Northern Agression Southern Illegality.
You mean the slaver revolt. :P


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Heinous on July 07, 2008, 09:24:45 pm
So Fezzy, outside of foreign policy, where do we disagree?

The War of Northern Agression Southern Illegality.
You mean the slaver revolt. :P
Or simply the Slaver Riot. :P


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Albus Dumbledore on July 07, 2008, 09:42:25 pm
War of Negro Oppression is another name for it of course.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: defe07 on July 08, 2008, 02:15:53 am
Here's where I stand:

Cultural Issues:

Abortion: Pro-choice with some restrictions, but restrictions should be determined at the state level

Gay Marriage: Pro-gay marriage and civil unions, but decisions should be left at the state level and there should be no federal definition of marriage

Affirmative Action: Oppose AA because it’s reverse discrimination

Gun Control: Oppose gun control at the federal level, respect the 2nd Amendment, but bans on the most dangerous weapons should be controlled at the state level

Death Penalty: Oppose but on a case by case basis for the most serious crimes

Censorship: Oppose because it should be up to each person

Flag Burning: Support because it’s freedom of speech

Hate Crimes/Speech: Neutral but it’s all about free speech, oppose hate crimes though

Smoking: Support leaving smoking bans up to the owners of a place, not the government

Alcohol consumption: Support responsible fines for DUI

Euthanasia: Support because it’s a person’s body

Gambling: Support but it should be up to the states

Prostitution: Support but it should be up to the states

Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: Support stem-cell research with private funds

Sex Education: Support because of teaching teens responsibility

Drug War & Marijuana: Oppose the War on Drugs, legalize medical marijuana and let states control drugs with their own laws

Voting access: Support the paper ballot with a bar code to cast the ballot twice, once in a computer and once in a ballot box

Illegal Immigration: Oppose by getting rid of the welfare state and holding employers accountable, no amnesty but yes to border security and serious immigration law reform

Patriot Act: Oppose because it’s a threat to our constitutional rights

Economic issues

Social Security & Other Entitlements: Support offering alternative accounts for those that want to opt out of the system, SS should be left to the states with some federal funding as a safety-net

Medicare: Support by giving tax credits and vouchers to the lower-income and middle-income people and giving them the choice between public healthcare and private healthcare, minimize Medicare to the state level 

Medicaid: Same as above

Welfare: Support more influence from charities instead of government

Education: Support vouchers and tax credits for the middle-income and lower-income people, let parents decide between private education and public education, federal government should have a smaller role in education (give states more power)

Taxes: Support drastic tax cuts for the middle-class and poor and tax cuts for small businesses, simplify tax code

Spending: Support spending control and accountability with fiscal policies by implementing the BBA

Minimum Wage: It has been shown to be inefficient many times over, including by the Congressional Budget Office. Abolish the Federal Minimum Wage. Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit and support for charities or similar relief instead. Support the EITC and gradually do away with the minimum wage

Eminent Domain: Oppose because it’s not fair to see special interests gaining from this

Infrastructure: Support better building, less funding for massive highways

Energy Independence and the Environment: Support alternative energy for the long term, support letting Alaskans what to do with ANWR but personally don’t favor drilling, alternatives like hemp could get us off oil

Currency: Support the gold standard and maybe silver too

Trade Policy: Support trade between individuals of two countries, not the governments-backed trade of the present; trade agreements need to be reformed and real free trade respected

Foreign Policy

Military Involvement: We must focus on our problems, we shouldn’t be involved

Iraq: It was unconstitutional, troops must be brought back home as soon as possible

Cuba: The embargo is preventing free trade to reach Cubans and it should be abolished, although there should be a brokered deal

Israel: Support a neutral stance between Israel and Palestine; it’s not our fight (thanks Brits!)

Iran: Oppose any military action; trade with them



Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: JSojourner on July 12, 2008, 10:55:29 am
So Fezzy, outside of foreign policy, where do we disagree?

The War of Northern Agression Southern Illegality Southern stupidity.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on July 12, 2008, 07:14:24 pm
So Fezzy, outside of foreign policy, where do we disagree?

The War of Northern Agression Southern Illegality Southern stupidity Southern Independence.



Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: dead0man on July 12, 2008, 08:20:50 pm
The Pledge of Allegiance is an interesting issue indeed.  The 'under God' nonsense is a complete political albatross for anyone who dares oppose it, not that anyone in federal office would.

The better question is why we ought to have any pledge in the first place.  Regardless of any religious references it might contain.
It's optional isn't it?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on July 19, 2008, 09:00:12 am
I must add a new one I thought of:

Legalize marijuana and other drugs.  Set high taxes similar to cigarettes, and after one year total the tax money.  Then use some kind of mathematical formula to determine how much money that is in gas taxes, and cut gas tax by that amount.  Legalize pot, save money on gas!  Who would have thought?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Heinous on July 19, 2008, 10:09:16 am
So Fezzy, outside of foreign policy, where do we disagree?

The War of Northern Agression Southern Illegality Southern stupidity.


Or simple "The War to put down those damned uppity tweakers"


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Albus Dumbledore on July 19, 2008, 10:16:50 am
No. How about we abolish all sin/excise taxes for drugs/tobacco/booze?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Heinous on July 19, 2008, 10:22:17 am
No. How about we abolish all sin/excise taxes for drugs/tobacco/booze?

Hey. That's more taxes there, fewer taxes elsewhere.

I am worried about ending the protection of people idiots with money that don't deserve it.- Legalize Gambling.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Albus Dumbledore on July 19, 2008, 10:22:45 am
Sin taxes are social engineering and hurt the lower classes.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Verily on July 19, 2008, 10:25:10 am
The Pledge of Allegiance is an interesting issue indeed.  The 'under God' nonsense is a complete political albatross for anyone who dares oppose it, not that anyone in federal office would.

The better question is why we ought to have any pledge in the first place.  Regardless of any religious references it might contain.
It's optional isn't it?

Generally speaking, but certainly some schools force their students to say it. At least, the pressure to do so is greater than it should be, and the time lost is not worth it.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Heinous on July 19, 2008, 10:26:03 am
Sin taxes are social engineering and hurt the lower classes.

Good point. In fact, most of these drug control laws have their roots in racism. Especially pot and cocaine.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Albus Dumbledore on July 19, 2008, 10:27:13 am
Anyone who supports the war on drugs or tobacco bans/restrictions/taxes is a morally disgusting individual.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Ebowed on July 19, 2008, 11:06:25 am
The Pledge of Allegiance is an interesting issue indeed.  The 'under God' nonsense is a complete political albatross for anyone who dares oppose it, not that anyone in federal office would.

The better question is why we ought to have any pledge in the first place.  Regardless of any religious references it might contain.
It's optional isn't it?

That doesn't explain why there needs to be a Pledge in the first place.

Either way, I can remember quite well the pressure to say the Pledge, particularly in the earlier years of schooling.  One Jehovah's Witness student who stood in respect but stayed silent during the Pledge was the subject of much suspicion and backdoor chatter.
That it would be a good thing that students should have to face this is something I vehemently disagree with.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: RIP Robert H Bork on December 01, 2008, 11:41:02 pm
I am a total social libertarian, with the exception that I am pro-life, oppose hate crime legislation, pro-censorship, anti-drug, anti-prostitution, and I don't support any extreme issues, albeit the separation of church and state, where most would consider me to be very extreme (ie taking "under God" out of the pledge of allegiance, "in God we trust" out of money", and the 10 Commandments off of governmentally-run buildings.)

Economically, however, I am much more complicated.  I am an economic moderate/liberal.  On the liberal side, I oppose the modern privization attempts by Republicans, mostly oppose welfare reform (because I feel that it is my job as a human being to help a person live, even if he will not help him/herself), support labor unions, support agricultural subsidies, am pro-environment, strongly in support of affirmative action, oppose tort reform, and oppose school vouchers.  However, my Conservative economic views are these:  I oppose progressive taxation, support a flatter, more fair tax system, I am a deficit hawk, support tax cuts for all, especially the wealthy, and would have supported Bush's tax cuts had the deficit not been so astronomical; I oppose special interest groups getting funding from the government (NASA, I'm talkin' to you!), oppose the pessimistic comments made by the majority of the Democratic party criminalizing the rich, support school choice in a non-voucher system, support the rights of businesses over ethics, oppose big spending in general, oppose efforts to encourage immigration or lessen the amount of years it takes to immigrate, and support protectionism in trade with other countries.  And I have no official opinion on free/fair trade, embargos on China and Cuba, and health care, among several other economic issues I cannot remember at the moment.

And, foreign policy-wise, I'm a dove.  (Although I don't support UN approval to go to war).  Expanding on this, I don't believe that one can go to war with a non-existing country, such as "Terrorism," but military intervention into terrorist networks is advisable.  Oppose Iraq.  As far as Israel and Palestine go, I support offering military aid to Israel if other nations declare war on them for being the only official Jewish nation.  I also believe that Israel treats Palestine unfairly, and Palestinians have just as much a right to live in that country as the Jewish people; it is, after all, both of our holy lands, and I would suggest a separation of church and state to ease tensions in Israel.

So those are my positions on the issues.  Let's hear some of you.

Now even though I am a staunch conservative, I could support a candidate with positions like yours. Except of course for your position on God in the state, vouchers and affirmative action.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Earth on December 02, 2008, 02:45:14 pm
Anyone who supports the war on drugs or tobacco bans/restrictions/taxes is a morally disgusting individual.

I certainly don't support the war on drugs, but at the same time, I wouldn't go as far as to say those that do are "morally disgusting". It's a ridiculous assertion.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: © tweed on December 02, 2008, 03:01:07 pm
....


wow I hate myself :(


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Mint on December 02, 2008, 03:14:07 pm
I've advocated worse. Almost as bad as Dole, actually.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Governor PiT on December 03, 2008, 06:53:04 pm
I am mainly a Paleoconservative but I am also against the drug war, support conservation and animal rights. I also support some wealth redistribution against the ultra elites.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Northam for Governor '17 on December 03, 2008, 07:26:42 pm
Social Issues

General philosophy: Centrist, slight conservative tilt.

Abortion: Support in cases of rape, incest, threat to the mother, and during the first and second trimesters.  Oppose third term trimesters, and supported the partial-birth abortion ban.

Separation of Church and State: There should not be an established religion, although I don’t take it to an extreme level.  There’s nothing wrong with a nativity scene/Christmas Tree, so long as a Chanukah Bush or Kwanza thingy can go up as well.

Marriage: Oppose any changes to the definition of marriage as it stands today.  I would support allowing full marriage benefits to gay/lesbian couples.

Affirmative Action: Oppose for the most part.

Gun Control: Oppose for the most part, support 2nd Amendment.

Death Penalty: Support keeping it legal but there need to be better guidelines for how it is sentenced.

Censorship: Some restrictions on public TV/radio waves, little restriction on pay TV/radio. Support some filtering of the internet at public schools and libraries.

Flag burning: Opposed to a law/amendment to ban flag burning, as it is a 1st Amendment right.

Hate crimes: I support hate crime legislation.

Hate speech: I generally support hate speech legislation.

Smoking: Opposed to laws that restrict where and when a person can smoke. This is a decision to be left up to the owner and the consumer.

Alcohol consumption: Support lowering the age to 18.

Euthanasia: Oppose legalization of euthanasia.

Drugs: Oppose legalization in general.

Gambling: Support its legalization.

Prostitution: Oppose its legalization.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: I fully support government funding of stem cell research.

Immigration: Oppose increasing the ease with which skilled and unskilled immigrants can enter the country, provided they have no criminal record. Those who enter illegally should be sent back, unless they have a solid job and no criminal record of any kind.


Economic Issues

General Philosophy: Liberal

Taxes: I support cutting taxes on people making under $225,000 per year, and increasing them for everyone else.

Unions: I fully support unions, as well as the repeal of the Slave Labor Act, AKA Taft-Hartley.

Free trade: Oppose in almost every circumstance.

Spending: I support cutting unnecessary spending, such as bridges to nowhere in Alaska, but I oppose cuts in subsidies, Medicare/Medicaid, social security, pensions, etc.

Social Security: Oppose all privatization measures.

Workers' Rights: I support some protection for workers, but I oppose legislation telling people who they can/cannot fire.  If the company had a poor reason, it will come out in court.

Space Program: Would support funding the thing if it was shown there was some use from the program.

Welfare: I support giving temporary welfare, but believe a cap should be put on how long a person can be on welfare, unless they have a disability that prevents them from finding work.

Healthcare: I support a universal health care system, paid for by the government, allowing people to choose any health care provider they want.

Education: I oppose vouchers completely, and support increasing spending on teacher training.


Foreign Issues

General Philosophy: Interventionist

Anti (fill in the blank) Treaty: Generally support

United Nations: I support staying, but we need to find a way to make it more effective.

Iraq: We should begin to withdraw, but maintain troops until it becomes clear that the Iraqi Government is stable and can take of itself and its citizens.

Israel: Strong supporter of Israel.

Iranl: We need to find a way to prevent a nuclear Iran; we cannot meet unconditionally with their leaders, but we should meet with them.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Hash on December 03, 2008, 07:52:08 pm
Abortion: Pro-choice, but a non-issue for me.

Death Penalty: I support it for the most heinous crimes such as high treason in wartime, recidivist rapists and serial murderers

School prayer: Strongly oppose

Separation of church and state: Strongly, strongly, very strongly support.

Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: Strongly support

Gay Marriage: I oppose gay marriage (but I oppose an amendment outlawing it) but support civil unions.

Sex Education: Teach the children what they need to know.

Gun Control:  I support tougher gun controls to prevent former criminals etc. from getting guns.

Drug War & Marijuana: Legalize medicinal marijuana, and that's it. I'm very conservative when it comes to drugs.

Voting access: Uhm, what? I don't see any reason to change current laws. But I'm skeptic about electronic thingee whingees.

Illegal Immigration: I support a path to citizenship, or regularization of status, if that immigrant has learned English, found a job, and has no past criminal record.

Welfare: Increase it a tad, but encourage other options

Education: Provide free, quality, public education to all. CB should be a model for public schools :P

Taxes: Lower taxes a bit for the lowest classes, and increase it for the top classes.

Minimum Wage: Increase, but no need for a timetable or stuff for increasing it

Energy Independence and the Environment: Oppose ethanol fuel, support Kyoto, support renewable energies for cars and so forth. Oppose ANWR drilling and support more public and railway transportation.

Iraq: Phased, timelined withdrawal of troops

Afghanistan: Focus on fighting terrorism in Afghanistan. The problem is there.

United Nations: Support, but reform it.

Iran: Tough stance with Iran, but war as an absolute last resort.



Region-specific issues for France:

35-hours workweek: Strongly oppose. Either scrap it, or depenalize companies with employees working more than 35 hours.

Institutional reform: Support all parts of it, but also support looking into a directly elected Senate. Especially like the initiatives, but I'd prefer a lower number of signatures necessary to actually make it a real thing.

EU: Support it. But oppose bureaucratic tendencies and bureaucratic rules and regulations. Oppose Turkish entry into the EU.

Environment: see above, and support all recommendations of the Grenelle. And apply them too.

Immigration: Oppose mass regularization of all illegals, but support a strict case-by-case system and implement a system to allow only the needed legal immigrants.

Specific to Canada:

Afghanistan: see above

Senate/Electoral reform: Elect Senate by proportional representation and elect Commons by current FPTP. Support referendums on electoral reform modes such as STV or MMP (prefer MMP)

Stephane Dion: Happy birthday Steph! (http://www.amazon.com/English-Easy-Way-Harriet-Diamond/dp/0764119753/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228351849&sr=8-2)

Stephen Harper: Is useless, incompetent, and humiliation. Like his cabinet and his party.

Alberta: Sucks and can secede anytime.

Environment: see above


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: SPC on December 03, 2008, 11:10:20 pm
support conservation and animal rights. I also support some wealth redistribution against the ultra elites.

And you say you aren't a National Socialist?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Heinous on December 05, 2008, 05:07:34 pm
support conservation and animal rights. I also support some wealth redistribution against the ultra elites.

And you say you aren't a National Socialist?

LOL....Nat Soces love animals and fertilized eggs more than the do minorities.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: SPC on December 05, 2008, 06:41:17 pm
support conservation and animal rights. I also support some wealth redistribution against the ultra elites.

And you say you aren't a National Socialist?

LOL....Nat Soces love animals and fertilized eggs more than the do minorities.

Hitler was an environmentalist and an animal rights activist.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Хahar 🤔 on December 05, 2008, 10:15:59 pm
General Philosophy: Liberal

LOL.


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Mint on December 05, 2008, 10:22:52 pm
Ben still thinks he has one?


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: DownWithTheLeft on December 05, 2008, 10:40:16 pm
Changes from July 2007:

Gay Rights: An interesting way of phrasing it as I believe gays should have rights, however, these rights should be extended to the point of marriage or civil unions.  Well I hate the intervention of the federal government, if one state legalizes it, everyone will go there to get married and move back as appears to be happening. Lukewarm support for civil unions and opposed to national ban

Flag burning: I oppose in all circumstances and suppport a constitutional amendment undecided on constitutional amendment

Patriot Act: Neutral, however, I realize it has done a lot of good like stopping the Brooklyn Bridge plot Its overstayed its welcome, strongly opposed[/b]

Taxes: I support shutting down the IRS immediatley and replacing our current system with a Fair or Flat Tax system.  I would also cut massive amount of programs to account for these cuts. Would not support a Fair Tax

Space Program: Keep at current levels Drastic cuts


Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
Post by: Nicodeme Depape on December 11, 2008, 12:59:40 pm
    Social Issues:

    • Abortion: Defend Roe. Ban partial birth abortion except in the case of the life of the mother. Have a 48 eight hour waiting period.
    • Gay Marriage: Total equality from marriage to adoption.
    • Affirmative Action: Make it class/income based.
    • Gun Control: We need strong gun control.
    • Death Penalty: It's barbaric. The justice system is fallible, we cant put life in fallible hands. End it.
    • Euthanasia: Regulated euthanasia to prevent abuse.
    • Prostitution: Regulated brothels. No street walking. Require protection and disease checks.
    • Drug War: End the war on drugs. Legalize soft drugs. Make drug industry government owned. Illegalize dealing.
    • Censorship: Censorship is bad. Simply make sure the audience is informed of any thing that could offend.
    • Civil Liberties: End the Patriot Act. No torture. No wiretaps. Defend Habeas Corpus. " Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. "
    • Immigration: Establish a way for illegal immigrants to attain citizenship. Require proficiency in English and paying a fine.
    • Language: Make English the national language. Require proficiency in English and only promise government documents in English.

      Economic Issues:

      • Healthcare: Move to a single payer system, and establish a National Health Care service.
      • Welfare: Welfare to work programs for able bodied workers. Generous welfare for the disabled.
      • Social Security: Reform it and increase spending. No privatization.
      • Education: No vouchers. Increase spending. Work to make College open to all.
      • Income Tax: Drastically increase taxes on the rich. Maintain status quo on Middle Class. Exempt very poor from taxes.
      • Corporate Tax: Keep corporate tax the same, but weed out loopholes.
      • Spending: Increase spending on Social Services. Increase government efficiency. Implement Pay as you go.
      • Minimum Wage: Establish a living wage.
      • Regulation: Drastically increase regulation in order to level the playing field. Decrease regulation on establish a new business however.
      • Infrastructure: Increase spending and work to renew our transportation systems. Support public transportation.
      • Energy Policy: An Apollo like effort for alternative energy. Increase nuclear based power in the mean time. No drilling.
      • Trade Policy: Scrap all free trade agreements.

      Foreign Policy:
      • Iraq: This is an illegal war. Pull out of Iraq and bring all our troops home. No bases.
      • Cuba: Open trade. Normalize relations. Support democracy in Cuba.
      • Israel: Support a two state plan in Israel, while supporting Israels right to exist.
      • Iran: Ignoring our enemies while making demands is idiotic. Meet with their leaders and normalize relations.
      • China: Work to better relations with China while also trying to end their massive exports to us.
      • Military Involvement: Attack only if attacked. Diplomacy should always be used and war should be a last option. No interventionism, we aren't the worlds police.
      • United Nations: Support the UN. Witholding our funds to the UN is an okay tactic to influence them.
      • Foreign Aid: End foreign aid until governments are established in the recipient nations that won't use it on Palaces.

      Other:
      • NAU: Support a North American Union, with the eventual merge of the US and Canada, and Mexico once its development is up to par.
      • Military: Cut military spending by 40% and reallocate funds to Social programs. Work on diplomacy rather than intimidation. Modernize the army into a smaller but more efficent force meant for self defense rather than intervention.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Fmr. Pres. Duke on March 14, 2009, 09:27:22 pm
      Social Issues

      General philosophy: libertarian/mixed

      Abortion: I support upholding Roe v. Wade. Keep abortion legal but ban partial birth.
      Separation of church and state: support? But I think we are going overboard in removing religion from the public square. It's becoming ridiculous.
      Marriage: State issue. I oppose a constitutional amendment and favor civil unions.
      Affirmative Action: It's a racist policy. Get rid of it.
      Gun rights: Background checks on guns and registration. No waiting periods.
      Death Penalty: Support, but leave it to the states.
      Censorship: Not the government's job. Let people decide on their own.
      Flag burning: Oppose any amendment to ban burning it, but I could care less. I won't be burning our flag.
      Hate crimes: Oppose any legislation. You can't prove any kind of hate...
      Hate speech: How can we deem something is hate speech? It's a slippery slope to censorship.
      Smoking: General support public banning since it can harm others.
      Alcohol consumption: Keep where they are. No need to try to lowering it again.
      Euthanasia: Leave to states. Support.
      Drugs: Oppose legalizing drugs..
      Gambling: Support legalizing.
      Prostitution: Legalize brothels. Street-walking is too hard to regulate and keep clean, so keep it illegal.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support. I would rather it be privately funded, but use government funds if we must.
      Immigration: Path to citizenship, secure borders, allow illegals who are not criminals to register and pay taxes.

      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: Capitalist

      Taxes: Keep Bush tax cuts but only if we are cutting spending. Do not raise taxes during a recession.
      Employers and Employees: No protection for either side. Striking - legal, firing striking employees - legal.
      Free trade: Strongly Support. Benefits everyone.
      Spending: Cut military and entitlement costs. There is too much waste in the military budget and we do not need to be running a welfare service.
      Social Security: Privatize.
      Space Program: I generally support our space program. We need it to remain a power.
      Welfare: I support the reforms Clinton made in 94. It's a shame they are going away.
      Healthcare: Universal healthcare for children and the poor. Many elderly don't need medicare (why does the government pay for my grandfather's health insurance when he makes $300,000 off dividends?)
      Education: Increase funding, but give states more control over it. Our education system went to hell when the federal government got more involved.


      Foreign Issues

      General Philosophy: Neo-con

      Democracy and Trade: Nations that trade rarely attack each other. It's good diplomacy.
      United Nations: Pull out of the UN. It's a useless organization nowadays.
      Iraq: Supported initially, but oppose now. However, we are winning the war there now and we need to finish it. Not the time for silly timetables and hurried withdrawals.
      Israel: Apathetic.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: PR on March 14, 2009, 10:06:55 pm
      Social: Libertarian. I believe strongly in individual freedom, including the right for a woman to choose, the right to keep and bear arms, the right for a homosexual couple to marry, the right to practice one's religion, and the right to privacy. I also believe strongly in the separation of church and state.

      Economic: I believe that small businesses and innovative fields like the "green" industry are what stimulate the economy. I believe their autonomy should be protected, and I support free trade. However, I recognize that consumers and small businesses need protection from predatory corporations seeking to create monopolies, so I advocate strong, transparent government regulation of industry.

      Foreign: I am pragmatic when it comes to foreign policy. I believe in a world of shared self-interest. I also believe in spreading democracy, but through the power of votes and reformers, not through the power of bullets and bombs. I think institutions like the U.N. are good experiments but need a lot of reform in order to be effective.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Vice President PiT on March 14, 2009, 10:34:01 pm
      Social Issues

      General philosophy: Moderately Liberal

      Abortion: Neutral. Work hard to find medical means by which to render abortion obsolete.
      Separation of church and state: Support unconditionally. The day that an Atheist can be elected President will be a day to be long celebrated.
      Marriage: Support gay marriage. I can accept civil unions in areas that will not accept full marriage yet.
      Affirmative Action: Wronging people to make up for past wrongs is completely unacceptable.
      Gun rights: It's a constitutional right. Limit gun ownership for convicts, though.
      Death Penalty: Support in the most extreme circumstances.
      Censorship: Not under any circumstance. Censorship is slavery.
      Flag burning: Support of course. Non-violent political speech cannot be limited.
      Hate crimes: Oppose. No one person should have greater protection under the law than another.
      Hate speech: Oppose since it's unconstitutional.
      Smoking: Public smoking is annoying, but it should be allowed anyway.
      Alcohol consumption: Same as smoking.
      Euthanasia: Support.
      Drugs: Legalize all drugs.
      Gambling: Completely legalize.
      Prostitution: Legalize & regulate. Keep in brothels.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support, though adult stem cells should be preferred given recent breakthroughs.
      Immigration: Secure borders. Toss out any who commit crimes. If they have children here toss them out too.
      Civil Liberties: These cannot be compromised.
      Language: Making English the official language is pointless. To put things into perspective, it is already the official language of California.

      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: Strongly Capitalist/Propertarian

      Taxes: Combine with spending cuts to eliminate the deficit. Once the deficit has been eliminated or greatly reduced, cut as much as is possible while staying in the black.
      Employers and Employees: No protection for strikers. If you can get fired any other time, you can get fired then too.
      Free trade: Unconditionally support.
      Spending: Vastly cut spending. Re-evaluate the role of the state.
      Social Security: If people want to privately invest all of their earnings, it should be their right.
      Space Program: Supporting science is necessary to remain a major power. Generally support.
      Welfare: No welfare for anyone who has been unemployed for >2 months. Phase it out.
      Healthcare: Support free-market solutions. Allow unlimited importation of drugs from Canada.
      Education: Greatly reduce funding. Offer vouchers to attend accredited private schools.
      Minimum Wage: Tie to inflation and forget about it. Preferably leave it at a fairly low rate, so as to not inhibit business growth.
      Regulation: Kill all regulations except for those prohibiting abusive business practices (mainly anti-trust/anti-monopoly). Devote the BBB's resources to warning consumers of dangerous business practices.
      Infrastructure: Support. Good infrastructure is necessary for a strong economy in the global market.
      Energy Policy: Favor coal, oil, & nuclear for the time being. Research viable renewable resources.


      Foreign Issues

      General Philosophy: Rooseveltian

      Democracy and Trade: Trade is good. Seek free trade with all other liberal democracies.
      United Nations: Stay in the UN. Do not acquiesce to unreasonable demands, however.
      Iraq: Oppose. Ought to finish it off, but hurry things up.
      Israel: Don't support them so strongly. We are endangering ourselves.
      Military Involvement: Talk softly and carry a big stick. Attack only if attacked, but be ready to demolish any enemy.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Ronnie on March 14, 2009, 11:50:07 pm
      Social Issues

      General philosophy: libertarian/liberal

      Abortion: Keep abortion legal but ban partial birth
      Age of Consent: Reduce to 16 across the board
      Separation of church and state: Support; eliminate the National Day of Prayer, and remove "God" from money and Pledge of Allegiance.
      Marriage: Support gay marriage
      Affirmative Action: Oppose
      Gun rights: I support this measure, but we need to keep this as a state issue.
      Death Penalty: Oppose
      Censorship: Oppose
      Flag burning: Undecided
      Hate crimes: Oppose any legislation. You can't prove any kind of hate...
      Hate speech: ^
      Smoking: I oppose public banning.
      Alcohol consumption: Keep laws like these as lenient as possible
      Euthanasia: Support
      Drugs: Legalize all drugs
      Gambling: Support legalizing across the country
      Prostitution: Support
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support
      Immigration: Secure the borders.  We need to make a path to citizenship for those who are illegal.

      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: moderately capitalist

      Taxes: Cut taxes as much as we can across the board.  I support the flat tax.
      Spending: Cut as much waste as we can.  NO BAILOUTS.
      Social Security: Partially privatize.
      Space Program: It's a nice service.  I'm a bit biased since I love astronomy, but whatever.
      Welfare: I don't favor eliminating welfare, but there needs to be EXTREME amounts of reform.  
      Healthcare: I support medical savings accounts.
      Education: Throw everything over to vouchers and charter schools.  Our system is a disaster and it's the only way I can think of that can actually help the system.  Increased spending won't help this at all.
      Energy: Increased domestic and offshore drilling.  We also need to invest in alternative sources.
      Corporate subsidies: End all of them.


      Foreign Issues

      United Nations: Get out NOW
      Israel: Support
      Military involvement: Slash military spending, remove most military bases abroad


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on March 25, 2009, 04:14:24 pm
      Social:
      Political correctness/Affirmative action: Scrap it immediately, it's reverse discrimination.
      Censorship: Limit it as much as possible.
      Ages of consent: Lower sexual age to 14, raise alcohol to 21.
      Education: Make Modern Foreign Languages compulsory for GCSE options again. Abolish school uniform.
      Healthcare: Increase spending.
      Welfare: Slash unemployment benefits drastically for those who arent proven to be 'seeking work'. End building council houses.
      Minimum wage: Raise it.
      Death penalty: Bring it back for treason, murder, possession of a firearm.
      Drugs: Use harder methods to crack down on it. Shoot drug dealers. Raise cannabis back to Class B.

      Constitutional:
      Devolution: Devolve completely, to make a federal Britain. Scotland, England, Wales, Ulster, Guernsey and Jersey should all have parliaments.
      Democracy: Direct democracy.
      Voting method: Change to D'hondt proportional representation.
      Voting age: Lower to 17

      Economic:
      Industry: Provide incentives for new businesses.
      Regulation: Deregulate to allow a freer market.
      Currency: Look into backing the pound with gold/silver. Reintroduce the Half-penny.

      Foreign:
      Special Relationship: Maintain as long as the US will back British interests.
      Iraq: Withdraw
      Afghanistan: Increase troop levels.
      Military Involvement: Only go to war to defend Britain or British interests.
      Foreign organisations: Quit the EU, join EFTA, strengthen the Commonwealth.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RI on March 29, 2009, 02:15:52 pm
      Social Issues

      General philosophy: Lean libertarian

      Abortion: Oppose after first few weeks, except for the health of the mother. Increase funding and availability of contraception. Increase access to adoption and maternal leave.
      Separation of church and state: Very important for both parties.
      Gay Marriage: Absolutely support, though I would prefer if the government wasn't in the marriage business in the first place.
      Affirmative Action: Oppose. Race should not be a factor in anything. Strongly oppose quotas.
      Age of Consent: Oppose for sex. I support bracket laws of two years if under 18.
      Gun rights: Generally support. Background checks are ok. Violent felons and mentally diminished people should not have guns. No ban on assault weapons.
      Death Penalty: Oppose.
      Censorship: Strongly oppose in all cases.
      Flag burning: Support. A ban would be an encroachment on the first amendment.
      Smoking: Keep legal, but keep out of public places except those specifically made for such.
      Alcohol consumption: Keep legal, but keep out of public places except those specifically made for such.
      Euthanasia: Support. The only person who should decide when it is their time to die is themself.
      Drugs: Legalize, tax, regulate, keep out of public places except those specifically made for such.
      Gambling: Support. If you want to lose your money, that is your problem.
      Prostitution: Support. Legalize, tax, regulate, keep out of public places except those specifically made for such.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support. Especially for those embryos that would otherwise be discarded.
      Immigration: Support. Anyone who wants to come to America should be able to. Make the process easier.
      Illegal Immigration: Provide a path to citizenship for those already here.


      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: Moderate on trade, fiscally leftist

      Taxes: Support progressive taxation. By living in this country, you implicitly agree to pay to keep this country running. If you don't like it, leave.
      Employers and Employees: No protection for those who strike. If you go on strike, you do so at your own risk.
      Free trade: Generally support.
      Spending: Support, but with much more emphasis on transparency, accountability, efficiency, and routing out wasteful spending.
      Social Security: Remove the cap. Allow those who want to risk it to move their ss to the stock market. No safety net for those who do.
      Space Program: Strongly support. If we had the money, I'd say build a space elevator and terraform Mars. Maybe Venus and the Moon too.
      Welfare: Do not fund those who can work but choose not to. Limit to two years. Focus on getting them back to work.
      Healthcare: Support some sort of universal system. Insurance companies are BS.
      Education: Increase funding for public school system, which should be our first focus. Allow limited vouchers. Put stronger regulations on homeschooling.
      Minimum Wage: Support and raise.
      Regulation: I support environmental, health, and worker regulations. We also must have some sort of oversight of banks and the stock market, but not control of.
      Infrastructure: Support increased spending, but also increase efficiency and reduce waste.
      Energy Policy: Move to alternative energy as soon as possible, including nuclear. However, the emphasis should be on wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal, convection, and others. Also focus on fuel cell vehicles. No off-shore drilling.
      Environment: We must protect the environment. Without it, we could not live. Support conservation efforts.


      Foreign Issues

      General Philosophy: Internationalist/Pacifist

      Democracy and Trade: Trade is good.
      United Nations: Support.
      Iraq: Oppose. Get out as soon as possible.
      Israel: Neutral.
      Patriot Act: Strongly oppose. Repeal now.
      Torture: Oppose.
      Military Involvement: None unless directly attacked. Slash military spending.
      North American Union: Support if like EU. Countries should one day cease to exist. They are artificial boundaries that have come to separate more than just land. We are one species, and one day we must come together as one if we are to survive.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Earth on April 10, 2009, 01:00:04 am
      Social Issues

      General philosophy: Far Left

      Abortion: Support
      Separation of church and state: Support, doesn't extend far enough
      Gay Marriage: Support, support a federal amendment to allow
      Affirmative Action: Oppose on race, support on economic factors
      Age of Consent: Oppose, support an 'age gap' law in it's place
      Gun rights: Strongly Support, oppose federal assault weapons ban
      Death Penalty: Strongly oppose, the state should not have the option of executing it's prisoners
      Censorship: Strongly oppose, words fail me
      Flag burning: Support
      Smoking: Oppose increased taxation, and public ban
      Alcohol consumption: Support, legal age should be lowered to 18
      Euthanasia: Strongly support
      Drugs: Strongly support complete legalization, no government regulation over sale, or potency
      Gambling: Support, legal age should be lowered to 18, and allowed in all states
      Prostitution: Support complete legalization and unionization, support both brothel and street work
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support an increase of federal funds towards research
      Immigration: Support open borders, and massive scaling back of immigration bureaucracy
      Illegal Immigration: Support amnesty, automatic citizenship


      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: Liberal/leftist

      Taxes: Support progressive income tax, assuming for sake of argument, federal income tax is necessary
      Employers and Employees: Strongly support unionization, and strikers, official and wildcat
      Free trade: Oppose, benefits employer more than employee
      Spending: Support "wise" spending, weasel word
      Social Security: Support it's existence, oppose privatization
      Space Program: Support, although not a priority
      Welfare: Support expansion to include middle class, and reduction in requirements and bureaucracy
      Healthcare: Support universal health care, with caveats
      Education: Oppose mandatory attendance, and current public school curriculum
      Minimum Wage: Strongly Support an increase
      Regulation: Support overall, depends on the situation
      Infrastructure: Apathetic
      Energy Policy: Support the quasi-mystical search for alternative sources of fuel
      Environment: Support genuine efforts, as opposed to current consumer green fad


      Foreign Issues

      General Philosophy: Isolationist/Pacifist

      Democracy and Trade: Isolationist
      United Nations: Oppose, ineffective
      Iraq: Strongly oppose the war
      Israel: Support two state solution, oppose all economic or military aid
      Patriot Act: Strongly Oppose
      Torture: Strongly Oppose
      Military Involvement: Strongly Oppose in almost all circumstances
      North American Union: Strongly Oppose


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RIP Robert H Bork on April 10, 2009, 06:34:04 pm
      - I support civil-unions seperation of marriage and state
      - I strongly support removing "under god" from the pledge.
      - I oppose public schools prayer

      I like this.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on April 10, 2009, 06:40:51 pm
      Quote from: I approve this message
      Quote
      - I oppose public schools prayer

      I like this.
      Yeah because obviously giving all kids a chance at an education is bad.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: SPC on April 10, 2009, 08:23:16 pm
      Quote from: I approve this message
      Quote
      - I oppose public schools prayer

      I like this.
      Yeah because obviously giving all kids a chance at an education is bad.

      If it's a crappy education, then yes.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on April 10, 2009, 08:25:17 pm
      For all it's flaws universal education is still better than nothing at all. Believe it or not some parents don't have the time to home school their kids or the money to send them to pretty little private academies.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: SPC on April 10, 2009, 08:26:37 pm
      For all it's flaws universal education is still better than nothing at all.

      Whose to say that people wouldn't get educated if they didn't steal from others to get it?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on April 10, 2009, 08:40:19 pm
      For all it's flaws universal education is still better than nothing at all.

      Whose to say that people wouldn't get educated if they didn't steal from others to get it?

      Obviously some people wouldn't learn anything, because that's why we established public education in the first place. Before the late 19th century most people worked on the farms or the assembly lines. It's in part due to the establishment of public schools and child labor laws that we enjoy our current standard of living. And even that's struggling, because increasingly you need some sort of post-high school education in order to get most decent paying jobs.

      Besides which, a large part of why private schools tend to be better is that they don't have to accept everyone. They can turn down people and their customer base is somewhat limited. If we privatized education completely instead of, say, implementing moderately free market policies like vouchers then there would still be terrible schools out there. Except they'd be bargain-brand type things which in addition to being sub-par weren't even affordable for everyone.

      Also if we didn't pay taxes to provide for basic things like, say, police or sanitation I'm pretty sure most of us would be dead by now...


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RIP Robert H Bork on April 10, 2009, 08:54:35 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion: I reject the idea of abortion on demand, and I would strongly support a ban.
      Separation of church and state: A nonsense term that liberals use to censor religion. While I do believe in freedom of religion, and oppose the idea of a national religion, liberals are going too far here.
      Affirmative action: A euphemism for discrimination (no "reverse discrimination" nonsense), end it.
      Hate crimes: Nonsense legislation, get rid of it.
      Gun control: I reject it, the second amendment is not negotiable. It grants us the right to own firearms, and I oppose increases on firearm/ammunition taxation that try to chip away at that right.
      Death penalty: Keep it as a sentencing option.
      Flag burning: Strongly oppose.
      Euthanasia: I would strongly support a ban.
      Prostitution: Must not be legalized in any way.
      Immigration: Maintain immigration while enforcing against those here illegally and who have no intention to apply for legal immigration.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Lower, flatter taxes across the board. Reduce as much as possible for everyone.
      Trade: Generally support free trade.
      Spending: Reduce it as much as possible.
      Welfare: When discussing welfare, we should remember this quote: "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence".
      Education: The public school system is a disaster, and that has nothing to do with money or the lack thereof. I am against mandatory public school attendance, and I support private schools (school vouchers included) and homeschooling.
      Regulations: Significantly reduce.

      Foreign Policy

      Military Involvement: We must have a strong military to defend ourselves and fight the war on terrorism, and we should never put military action off the table.
      United Nations: Negative opinion, but withdrawing is pointless.
      Israel: Strongly support.
      Foreign aid: Reduce it.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on April 10, 2009, 09:03:03 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion: I reject the idea of abortion on demand, and I would strongly support a ban. The only case in which it should be allowed is when it is necessary to save the life of the mother.
      Separation of church and state: A nonsense term that liberals use to censor religion. While I do believe in freedom of religion, and oppose the idea of a national religion, liberals are going too far here.

      Affirmative action: A euphemism for discrimination (no "reverse discrimination" nonsense), end it.
      Hate crimes: Nonsense legislation, get rid of it. (Neutral)
      Gun control: I reject it, the second amendment is not negotiable. It grants us the right to own firearms, and I oppose increases on firearm/ammunition taxation that try to chip away at that right.
      Death penalty: Keep it as a sentencing option.
      Flag burning: Strongly oppose.
      Euthanasia: I would strongly support a ban.
      Prostitution: Must not be legalized in any way.

      Immigration: Maintain immigration while enforcing against those here illegally and who have no intention to apply for legal immigration.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Lower, flatter taxes across the board. Reduce as much as possible for everyone.
      Trade: Generally support free trade.
      Spending: Reduce it as much as possible.
      Welfare: When discussing welfare, we should remember this quote: "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence".
      Education: The public school system is a disaster, and that has nothing to do with money or the lack thereof. I am against mandatory public school attendance, and I support private schools (school vouchers included) and homeschooling.
      Regulations: Significantly reduce. (Mixed)

      Foreign Policy

      Military Involvement: We must have a strong military to defend ourselves and fight the war on terrorism, and we should never put military action off the table.
      United Nations: Negative opinion, but withdrawing is pointless.
      Israel: Strongly support.
      Foreign aid: Reduce it.

      We agree more often than you would think.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Governor PiT on April 10, 2009, 09:32:31 pm
      My views are basically a unique mix of Nader, Buchanan, Paul, and Duke. Can anyone beat that?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RI on April 10, 2009, 10:12:04 pm
      My views are basically a unique mix of Nader, Buchanan, Paul, and Duke.

      You forgot Hitler.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Earth on April 11, 2009, 11:17:28 am
      My views are basically a unique mix of Nader, Buchanan, Paul, and Duke. Can anyone beat that?

      I know I did. :)


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Daniel Z on April 27, 2009, 09:40:34 pm
      Social Issues
      Abortion: Not a major issue for me. Support Roe as precedent. Don't consider abortion in early stages murder.
      Separation of church and state: Government out of religion and religion out of government.
      Affirmative action: A bad idea on a theoretical level, but not the problem whites make it out to be.
      Gun control: Right to bear arms is guaranteed by the 2nd amendment, but restrictions and regulations such as background checks and registration are reasonable.
      Death penalty: oppose
      Flag burning: oppose baning
      Euthanasia: support
      Gay Marriage: support
      Prostitution: legalize
      Immigration: Make immigration process easier, offer amnesty to some immigrants.
      Drugs: Legalize Marijuana and possibly a few other currently illegal drugs.

      Economic Issues
      Taxes: Too poor to pay much taxes :)
      Health Care: Too young to care :)
      Trade: Continue to move towards more free trade.
      Spending: Eliminate or reform ineffective programs and cut military.
      Welfare: Should be strictly a temporary safety net and not a way of life.
      Education: Support mandatory education. Open to reforms, but don't know enough about individual proposals to have an opinion on them.
      Regulations: Support antitrust/ monopoly regulations.

      Foreign Policy
      Military Involvement: Oppose unless there is a clear danger to national security or a coherent plan is written for execution,occupation, and withdrawl is drafted before military engagement (even then only to prevent a massive humanitarian disaster).
      Israel: Support right to exist



      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RIP Robert H Bork on April 28, 2009, 12:10:40 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion: I reject the idea of abortion on demand, and I would strongly support a ban. The only case in which it should be allowed is when it is necessary to save the life of the mother.
      Separation of church and state: A nonsense term that liberals use to censor religion. While I do believe in freedom of religion, and oppose the idea of a national religion, liberals are going too far here.

      Affirmative action: A euphemism for discrimination (no "reverse discrimination" nonsense), end it.
      Hate crimes: Nonsense legislation, get rid of it. (Neutral)
      Gun control: I reject it, the second amendment is not negotiable. It grants us the right to own firearms, and I oppose increases on firearm/ammunition taxation that try to chip away at that right.
      Death penalty: Keep it as a sentencing option.
      Flag burning: Strongly oppose.
      Euthanasia: I would strongly support a ban.
      Prostitution: Must not be legalized in any way.

      Immigration: Maintain immigration while enforcing against those here illegally and who have no intention to apply for legal immigration.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Lower, flatter taxes across the board. Reduce as much as possible for everyone.
      Trade: Generally support free trade.
      Spending: Reduce it as much as possible.
      Welfare: When discussing welfare, we should remember this quote: "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence".
      Education: The public school system is a disaster, and that has nothing to do with money or the lack thereof. I am against mandatory public school attendance, and I support private schools (school vouchers included) and homeschooling.
      Regulations: Significantly reduce. (Mixed)

      Foreign Policy

      Military Involvement: We must have a strong military to defend ourselves and fight the war on terrorism, and we should never put military action off the table.
      United Nations: Negative opinion, but withdrawing is pointless.
      Israel: Strongly support.
      Foreign aid: Reduce it.

      We agree more often than you would think.

      Indeed, and I am pleasantly surprised.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Deldem on May 06, 2009, 05:25:57 pm
      Social Issues
      Abortion: Minor restrictions, though still pretty much universal access. Also, huge stem cell research grants.
      Separation of church and state: Total. I even want Under God out of the pledge.
      Affirmative action: I would like to see it switch to economics. A wealthy minority has a level playing field with a wealthy white.
      Gun control: Reasonable restraints- safety locks, waiting periods, no armor piercing bullets. I believe assault weapons should have some restrictions.
      Death penalty: Absolutely not. Put 'em in a 6x6 cell their whole life.
      Flag burning: Offends me, but I feel it is legal.
      Euthanasia: Yes, there's a point where people in pain have a right to end it.
      Gay Marriage: Absolutely- it is a civil right.
      Prostitution: Legalize it and tax/regulate it.
      Immigration: No fence, increase immigrants allowed in, aid Mexico so we don't get as many illegals.
      Drugs: Marijuana should be legalized, and taxed like crazy. It also should be a widely available medicine.
      More Civil Liberties: destroy the patriot act. It reads like something from the McCarthy era.

      Economic Issues
      Taxes: Current system, with increase in taxes for wealthy, decrease for middle and working classes. Lower sales tax if possible. Keep estate tax, though perhaps raise the minimum threshold for paying it. Corporate tax should be restored to Clinton levels. On a state level, Texas should create an income tax and lower property and sales taxes.
      Health Care: Universal Health care is a must, unless we somehow can drastically lower costs privately.
      Trade: End outsourcing, but free trade in a few cases.
      Spending: Cut missile defense and other Cold War-era military expenditures that are obsolete. We do, however, need to increase counterterrrorism and raw manpower. Socially, review programs and reform the system to improve it.
      Welfare: I support slightly expanding this system. My philosophy is a leg up, not a hand out or a kick down.
      Education: Remove standardized testing, at least at the high school level, we have finals for this. National curriculum. Incentives for higher learning.
      Regulations: Restore regulations that were removed in the last 30 years. Drastically increase environmental standards. Higher minimum wage.
      Energy: Greatly increase alternative fuel. More nuclear power.
      NASA: Greatly expand, there is a great value to research in space.
      Transportation: Higher fuel economy. Push for subways and other mass transit modes.

      Foreign Policy
      Military Involvement: No preemptive wars. End Iraq, focus on Afghanistan.
      Israel: 2 states desperately needed. Stop giving preference to Israel, they are just as bad as the Palestinians. This should be a top priority.
      Cuba: Open 'er up! This is a missed opportunity.
      North Korea/Iran: Open up a dialogue and see what we can do. It may not be ideal, but it's definitely better than what we've been doing.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: nevertrumperCA on May 12, 2009, 08:56:23 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion: I'm staunchly pro-life, but support exceptions when the mother's life is in danger.
      Separation of church and state: Those words appear nowhere in the Constitution. I support freedom OF religion and not freedom FROM religion.
      Gay marriage: Marriage should be between a man and a woman. I support civil unions and domestic partnerships, as well as gay adoption rights.
      Affirmative action: Good intentions, but is just a less ugly form of discrimination.
      Hate crimes: I honestly don't know much about this issue, but from what I do know I think the one of the government's few duties is to protect its citizens from violence, foreign or internal.
      Gun control: Make the 2nd Amendment permanent.
      Death penalty: Support it. Some crimes are so vile and ugly that the death penalty is justifiable in those cases.
      Flag burning: I strongly oppose it personally, but whether or not it's a 1st Amendment right is questionable.
      Euthanasia: I have no idea.
      Prostitution: Devalues our society.
      Immigration: I support legal immigration 100%. For illegal immigration: build a wall and let's call it a day.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Implement the FairTax ASAP. We will finally hear an end to tax codes that bias those at the top.
      Trade: I believe free trade grows our economy.
      Spending: Gov't. should spend only what is absolutely necessary. Cut spending for welfare (leads into next issue).
      Welfare: If it must exist, make it more efficient. Government's job is not to provide for its citizens, but to protect its citizens.
      Education: Support universal education, but I also believe that school choice should be paramount. Support getting rid of Dept. of Education.
      Regulations: Don't regulate excessively, but make sure that a Madoff scandal doesn't happen again.

      Foreign Policy

      Military Involvement:
      When we are 150% certain we are going to be attack, then attack first (not near-certainty or very likely). Peace through strength.
      United Nations: Definite anti-American bias, but I also believe UN has done some good throughout the past 60 years (I'll give you some examples when I think of them).
      Israel: I support Israel 1000%.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Vepres on May 14, 2009, 09:30:24 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion: Personally pro-life, but at the same time I don't believe it is the government's right or responsibility to legislate morality.

      Gay Marriage: Support fully. However, I believe it will be quicker, easier, and more in line with the constitution to leave it up to the states. Look at the wave of gay marriage legalization.

      Flag Burning: Why is this even an issues? Should be legal.

      Illegal Drugs: Legalize and regulate marijuana, keep rest illegal but focus more on rehabilitation than punishment.

      Stem Cell Research: Again, don't legislate morality. It should be legal and receive some government funds.

      Patriot Act: Unconstitutional, repeal it.

      State's Rights: State's Rights have been violated. The federal government should respect them and know it's place. Don't bribe or blackmail states or their Senators

      Gun Control: Background checks are fine as are assault weapons bans. Respect the 2nd amendment however.

      Prayer in Public Schools: Oppose.

      Affirmative Action: Oppose, prosecute discrimination by corporations.

      Electoral College: Support.

      Draft: Oppose except in the most dire of circumstances.

      Death Penalty: Oppose.

      Three Strikes Laws: Oppose.

      Foreign Policy


      Iraq: Oppose. Occupying another country is a bad idea.

      Afghanistan: Would have opposed had I been old enough to care about politics at the time. That said, we have no choice but to follow through on our current course.

      War on Terror: Focus on intelligence and targeted strikes against terrorist leaders instead of the occupation of foreign nations.

      Diplomacy: Always preferable to war.

      Israel: US should remain neutral in the Israeli-Palistinian Conflict, but protect Israel if attack by a foreign country.

      Torture: Stop immediately. Don't prosecute people or release photos however.

      Interventionism: Oppose, unless we're certain we will be attacked unless we intervene in another countries affairs.


      Fiscal/Economic Policy

      Health Care: Reform and modernization is needed. Oppose all forms of government sponsored health care including medicare and medicaid. First of all, it is a states responsibility, and second, they simply cost too much money. Deregulate, but be careful about said deregulation.

      Social Security: Repeal. Replace with 401k's and possibly retirement savings accounts.

      Taxes: Ideally there would be a flat tax, but the poor and middle class deserve preference when taxes are lowered if a flat tax cannot be legislated at the time. When raised, responsibility should be evenly shared.

      Education: I believe that our education system is fine in terms of quality. The so called "failing public schools" don't exist outside of the inner city and very rural areas. Studies done by groups not affiliated with the US show that we are usually in the top 5 (would cite but too lazy). It's simply government propaganda. Another thing to consider is most countries have high stakes tests in middle school to determine whether you go on to high school or a trade school. If only the top 1/3 of students in Germany (don't know the real statistic, this is just for argument's sake) are compared against all US students, who do you think will do better? Why do we have one of the highest per capita college graduation rate in the world if our k-12 schools are so bad? That said, charter schools, merit based pay, and taking on the teachers union would all help.

      Department of Education: Keep states accountable, but other than that remove it.

      Infrastructure: Must be kept well funded and maintained. Outsource to the private sector when appropriate. State responsibility for the most part.

      Environment: Support protections

      Cap-and-Trade: Support, but must be more market friendly than current proposals are. More of a state responsibility, though federal government can have a role.

      Public Finance: Support to an extent, but don't limit free speech in the process.

      General Business Regulation: I go case by case, though I usually oppose. Deregulation in some areas.

      Ballot Access: Remove stupid ballot access laws that hinder independent and third party candidates.

      Debate Access: Allow any candidate in a presidential election in debate if they consistently poll over 5% nationally.

      Trade: Free trade to an extent, remove tax breaks to corporations who send jobs over seas.

      Illegal Immigration: Didn't know where to put this. Anyway, support guest worker program, oppose amnesty.

      Deficit: Support balanced budget amendment.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on May 15, 2009, 07:04:55 am
      We need more people like you.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Franzl on May 15, 2009, 07:17:05 am
      We need more people like you.

      Indeed, that's a very sensible and reasonable set of views.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Marokai Backbeat on May 15, 2009, 12:19:53 pm

      Abortion: Personally pro-life, but at the same time I don't believe it is the states right or responsibility to legislate morality.

      Gay Marriage: Support fully. However, I believe it will be quicker, easier, and more in line with the constitution to leave it up to the states. Look at the wave of gay marriage legalization.

      Am I the only one here that notices the obvious contradiction there?

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      Health Care: Reform and modernization is needed. Oppose all forms of government sponsored health care including medicare and medicaid. First of all, it is a states responsibility, and second, they simply cost too much money. Deregulate, but be careful about said deregulation.

      Leaving it to the states is a terrible idea. We've done things like that with certain expenditures in the past and Canada also dumps alot of it's healthcare spending onto the provinces. It always turns out bad because states (or provinces) don't have the ability to bring in revenue like the federal government, and a lot of states are constrained by balanced budget amendments. This either forces states to go into debt or cut other useful services that ends up having negative consequences.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Torie on May 15, 2009, 03:45:47 pm
      I have zero interest in states rights. In a perfect world, the states would be dissolved perhaps, and we would just have the feds and local governments.

      In any event, my point of view is that you use the states to experiment, find what works and doesn't and nationalize what works with federal legislation, superseding state experiments gone bad, and then over time, as things ossify, you start going local again with experiments and repeat the cycle. It is a paradigm of continual centralization and then decentralization, and back again, almost like a beating heart. Without a beating heart, you tend to have a rather sluggish corpus.  Corporations do the same thing, for the same reason.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Vepres on May 15, 2009, 05:27:20 pm

      Abortion: Personally pro-life, but at the same time I don't believe it is the states right or responsibility to legislate morality.

      Gay Marriage: Support fully. However, I believe it will be quicker, easier, and more in line with the constitution to leave it up to the states. Look at the wave of gay marriage legalization.

      Am I the only one here that notices the obvious contradiction there?

      Individual rights are, in my opinion, a federal issue. Now, I believe that ideally gay marriage would be legalized at the federal level, but I just don't see that happening in the current political climate. When I said "...state's right or responsibility to legislate morality," I used state in referencing individual states as well as the country as a whole. Remember, state and country are synonymous in certain contexts.


      Quote
      Quote
      Health Care: Reform and modernization is needed. Oppose all forms of government sponsored health care including medicare and medicaid. First of all, it is a states responsibility, and second, they simply cost too much money. Deregulate, but be careful about said deregulation.

      Leaving it to the states is a terrible idea. We've done things like that with certain expenditures in the past and Canada also dumps alot of it's healthcare spending onto the provinces. It always turns out bad because states (or provinces) don't have the ability to bring in revenue like the federal government, and a lot of states are constrained by balanced budget amendments. This either forces states to go into debt or cut other useful services that ends up having negative consequences.

      Well, I'm not saying that the federal government doesn't have a role in (hopefully minimal) regulation, but that if a safety net must exist it should be a state responsibility. By the way, the federal government should have a balanced budget amendment like states do (obviously if enough members of congress vote to have a deficit for justifiable reasons, then they should be able to). Also, the federal government shouldn't force states to pay for certain programs (if that's what Canada does, I don't have much knowledge of their politics), that is a direct violation (at least in my opinion) of state's rights.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Phony Moderate on May 30, 2009, 11:41:22 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion:I am strongly pro-choice.
      Separation of church and state: Religion and Government must not mix. If they do then it creates Fascism. Legalize same-sex marriage and same-sex adoption.
      Affirmative action: Support it, and would increase it to prevent discrimination aganist minority groups.
      Hate crimes: It helps to tackle racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. Support it.
      Gun control: I would ban them all, guns are not needed, there are other ways to protect yourself. Only the police and the military should be allowed to own guns.
      Death penalty: Abolish it, totally cruel and unneeded. There's something call prisons where criminals should go.
      Flag burning: Everyone has the right to free speech.
      Euthanasia: The government should have no say in when people can or can not die. I support the legalization of it.
      Prostitution:I find it quite disgusting, but everyone should have a right to ruin thier lives or enjoy thier lives or whatever.
      Immigration: I would make immigration easier, and would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Raise taxes on the rich and upper middle class, decrease them slightly for everyone else.
      Trade: Support protectionism to prevent jobs from moving from country to country.
      Spending: Decrease defense spending, increase spending on the needed social programs.
      Welfare: Welfare keeps society more fair, and i support increasing funding for Social Security.
      Education: The public school system needs more funding, and i support increasing teacher's wages.
      Regulations: Increase regulations to prevent abuse of workers.

      Foreign Policy

      Military Involvement: We should bring all our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan as soon as possible.
      United Nations: Support it, it helps create more peace in the world.
      Israel: Don't support it.
      Foreign aid: Increase it for the countries that need it most.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ChrisJG777 on June 01, 2009, 05:18:11 am
      My politics in a nutshell

      Social Stances: Social liberal/libertarian

      * Firm supporter of free speech, even if it does yield opinions on finds abhorrent.  Furthermore, I feel that flag burning, even if you do find is undesirable, should remain legal too on civil liberties grounds.
      * Pro-Choice on Abortion, but I feel that steps need to be taken to keep it rare.
      * Anti-Death Penalty, I feel that this form of punishment is an anachronism, not mention I find it rather unethical.
      * Support complete separation of religion and state, religious institutes and the government should keep out of each other's affairs quite frankly.
      *On immigration I feel that we all have the right to move around wherever we want on this planet, afterall in the end if other species of animal can, why not us humans?
      * Fully support same-sex marriage, same-sex adoptions and any other initiative to put Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual people on the same level as heterosexuals.
      * Prostitution, I feel that it would be better to legalise and regulate this activity on public health and safety grounds.


      Economic stances: Left-wing, moderate socialist (sympathies), social-democrat

      * I fully support progressive taxation and feel that those who earn more should and can afford to put a little bit more money back into society, whilst the lower earners should not have to pay more than they can feasibly do so.
      * Healthcare, I feel, is a basic human right, not just some money making ploy.  Therefore, I feel that public healthcare should be free on delivery, paid for in taxes, but I have no objection to private hospitals being set up alongside the public facilities.
      * Social security and welfare by its very design and intentions should be under government control (not privatised- that defeats the whole point then), and that it should be available for those who need it.  I support strict penalties on those who abuse the system, however.
      * Public education needs as much government financial support as possible.  In the long run a well educated population is good for the economy.
      * Military spending should preferably be kept as low as possible, without leaving a country with a shoddy defence system.  The extra money can be put into more worthwhile civilian projects.
      * Utility services like water, gas and electricity should be government owned.  Private companies have no right to profit off other people's needs and necessities like this.  That, and there should be more government accountability for these things.
      * Employers by law should recognise any legitimate and registered trade union, and that during (legal) strikes employees should be immune from being fired.  All trade unions must use secret ballot when making group decisions however.


      Foreign policy stances: As yet un-summarised

      * Getting troops out of Iraq is a must, in the meantime more assistance needs to be given to the troops in Afghanistan.
      * Staying on the topic of Afghanistan, alongside the allied military presence, I feel that other non-military solutions to stabilising the country need some investment as well, ie, the establishment of decent utility and transportation infrastructure and more investment in education facilities for the place.
      * Israel needs more foreign pressure from the USA and European nations to reign in its aggressive tendencies and its unfair treatment of the Palestinian people, who by rights own the land on which Israel lies.



      If there's anything I find I've missed, I will amend this list to rectify those omissions.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: pogo stick on June 05, 2009, 01:01:17 pm
      Social Issues  : Far-right

      Abortion : Pro-Life in all cases. I consider Abortion murder.

      Gay Marrige : Againest it. But have nothing personal againest gays.

      Flag Burning : Ban it. It's not a "Freedom of speech" you are BURNING A flag ,not SPEAKING your hate for America.

      Free Speech : Support it

      Drug War : Support it.

      Affirmative Action : 100% Againest it. No reverse racism for me!!!


      Illegal Immigration : Deport all illegals, close borders.


      Guns : Pro-2nd Amendment. Support no restrictions on guns. SAY NO TO GUN CONTROL

      Death Penalty  : Support it.

      Assisted-Suicide : No. I'm against this. It's immoral and not the way people should die. Die a fighter not a quitter. Jack Kemp died a fighter.



      Foreign Policy : Hawkish ,Far-right , in a liberal's words "A WARZZZ MOUNGERZZZZ LOL"


      War on Terror : Support it 100% , let's end this bullsh**t once and for all. Enough is enough. Kill those Terrorists.

      Israel : Pro-Israel 100000%. Support destroying Palestinians , Netanyahu-Fan!!!! Base my votes on people's position on Israel.


      War on Iraq : Support it. We made it a better nation.

      Iran : Invade ,kick their asses ,take their nukes. Kill their leaders. :)

      North Korea : See Iran.

      Defense : Raise spending. Build up military. FUnd our troops. Fight for more veteran rights.

      PATRIOT Act : Support 100%.

      Intervention : Pro-Intervention

      Fiscal Issues : Moderate, Center-right



      Taxes/ Tariffs : Hate taxes. Lower them as much as possible. Destroy gas ,income, estate, and inheritance tax.


      Welfare : Get rid of it . NOW

      Free trade : Mixed on it. Don't encourage it. Support penalizing Companies on it. Against making tariffs for it.

      Union : Must Balance labor and economic needs. But support it ,but don't like it.

      Spending : Against Pork Barrel spending, hate govt spending. But support defense spending.

      Govt Intervention : Againest it. Mostly.

      Freedom of speech : Support it.

      Environment : It's a state issue ,but don't think it's a important issue, Global Warming is Bullsh**t.

      Universal HillaryCare AKA Healthcare : I'm against this failed policy and this communist policy.

      The Obama Stimulus : Againest it

      Bush Bailouts : Againest

      Obama Bailouts : Againest


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ChrisJG777 on June 05, 2009, 04:59:23 pm
      Support destroying Palestinians

      Everything else I kinda expected in some way shape or form, but this part sounds very dodgy to me...

      I sincerely hope you're just over-exaggerating there.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Hash on June 05, 2009, 08:26:50 pm
      Oh dear, more quantity.

      And less quality.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: pbrower2a on June 06, 2009, 12:42:38 am
      Abortion: I don't like it, but Roe v. Wade  is the law of the land. Repealing the SCOTUS decision creates legal anarchy which is even worse.


      Separation of church and state: Keep the churches out of the government and the government out of the churches so that both can have some independence and integrity.

      Affirmative action: Necessary and appropriate as a correction in some places -- overblown issue. Nepotism is bigger.

      Gun control: The "well-regulated militia" clause is often forgotten; that obviously excludes criminals, addicts, lunatics, illegal aliens, and others that one doesn't want as part of a "well-regulated militia"... other than that, firearms are much a part of American life.

      Death penalty: Barbarous!

      Flag burning: Does more harm to the reputations of those who burn Old Glory as a form of protest; better that a$$holes burn a flag than that a$$holes in government burn books that they don't want us to read.

      Euthanasia: Dislike, but I can think of worse.

      Gay Marriage: What's the problem?

      Prostitution: The criminalization of prostitution causes more problems than it solves.l

      Immigration: Fair wages for HB-1A... now!

      Drugs: Legalize Marijuana but crack down on the rest.

      Economic Issues


      Taxes: I'd rather earn more money and pay more taxes -- wouldn't you?
      Health Care: Too old not to care.
      Trade: Our trading partners do not deserve blame for our own faults.
      Spending: Eliminate or reform ineffective programs and cut military.
      Welfare: Should be strictly a temporary safety net. Corporate welfare is a travesty.
      Education: Let's have free (tax-paid) education for anyone who can reasonably derive benefit from it.
      Regulations: Support antitrust/ monopoly regulations.

      Foreign Policy

      Military Involvement: Only if the President can live by an honor code.

      Israel: Support right to exist.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on June 06, 2009, 04:43:46 am
      Social issues: Immoral Antigovernment Libertine

      Abortion: Prochoice
      Immigration: Pro-Amnesty
      Marriage: Get the government out of it completely. It shouldn't be you and me and the state of Nevada, it should be you and me and if permitting, about 5 other people. Everybody should be able to marry anyone or anything in multiples if they want to. Love makes people do crazy things, embrace it.
      Flag Burning: Support it, especially if it's cold outside
      Free Speech: Support completely and get rid of all censorship laws. This includes no fines on networks for bad language and "fair speech" laws.
      War on Drugs: End it. We should be throwing in child molesters and wife beaters, not crackheads. Plus, legalize drugs to spur the snack vendor industry.
      Affirmative Action: Endorses collective racism. Reinforces stereotype that some people are collectively stupider than another.
      Gun control: Gun control is a backwards draconian statist policy. Why should I support something the KKK supported to disarm blacks in the late 1800s? The idea that we can still be free when only the coercive arms of government are armed is like saying the sheep would be safer sleeping with wolves.
      Death Penalty: What? Being another dude's butt buddy for the rest of his life isn't enough? If I was a psycho serial killer I think I would rather go to prison for 3 months and then get injected over being butt humped for the next 50 years. That's why I'm against the death penalty, I think the threat of eternal butt rape is alot more of a deterent than "we'll friggin kill you!" Plus, if there are no death penalties it's impossible to accidently kill the wrong man. What the hell? I don't like the death penalty because it's wrong, alright?
      Voluntary Euthanasia: Totally legalize it. If you want to kill yourself it's a voluntary action (there's my answer for suicide). If you want someone else to do it, sign a release waiver on your life and have the ender sign also with a third party witness to prove it's legit for this person to kill you.
      Draft: Get rid of it, NOW.
      Patriot Act, domestic spying, etc.: Get rid of it. The government has no right to be spying our phone lines. There is a correct way to do searches, it's called A WARRANT. All you have to do is fill out a friggin piece of paper to search somebody. Why is the government so lazy it can't even sign a piece of paper before searching somebody?
      Stem Cell Research: We have to use those fetuses for something.....
      States Rights: The power of the states should be a little more respected. For example, if a state passes drug legalization the federal government shouldn't overrule it.
      Three Strikes Law: Against, what if the person in question commits three petty crimes? It's too excessive and broad.
      Prostitution: Legalize, you know what they say: sex sells.
      Separation of Church and State: Stop enforcing your fake god on us! It's called separation of church and state for a reason!! Stop bribing public officials to enforce your backwards social agenda! Now if you just want to preach in your churches or hell even have radio stations or tv stations, fine. Just don't have the government give you any special favors. For it is written "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof."
      Electoral College: I guess we should keep it, but needs reform.

      Foreign Policy: Free Trade monger
      War on Terror: Stop pissing people off and giving them a reason to kill us. Let the Mideast solve it's own problems.
      Palestine: It's really none of our business what happens in Palestine. We should take a neutral role and have free trade relationships with both sides.
      Israel: I hate to sound like an Israel hating bastard but we should let them be. They already got enough of our military technology to ward off full on invasions from 6 different fronts. And if they get wiped off the face of the planet by an Iranian nuke........sorry, shouldn't be our problem. Our support for Israel is what got us in hot water in the Middle East, maybe if we let everyone fight their own battles they won't have a reason to kill us. However, we should have a free trade relationship with them.
      War in Iraq: Get out now and let them destroy themselves. Sadaam was a dick and the world may arguably be a better place with him gone but the people of Iraq need to grow their own balls and learn how to defend themselves without having us baby them.
      Iran: Do you really think Iran would be stupid enough to nuke us? Epic fail. People forget about the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction so quickly. We should stop acting like dicks to them and start a mutual trade relationship with them. The more we trade with nations that don't like us the more they will like us because who doesn't like cable tv?
      North Korea: Like I said, M.A.D. They're probably just freaked out because we're constantly threatening to kick their asses. THis isn't 1952, this is 2009. Things have changed. We should begin a mutual trade relationship with them like we should China which would do way more to destroy authoritarian communism than say an all out invasion that costs hundreds of billions of dollars a year.
      9/11: Not real sure anymore. Could've been the government, could've actually been terrorists. What I do know is that it's gotten us into a lot of s#$t.
      Afghanistan: Get the hell out and sign a free trade agreement.
      Pakistan: Stop harrasing them and sign a free trade agreement.
      Torture: Not necessary and not ethical. Can't we just bribe them? Who can't resist free cable?!
      Diplomacy: Should always be the 1st step and always preferable to war.
      Free Trade Agreement: If Diplomacy works, should always be the 2nd step.
      Military involvement: Should require a damn good reason. Pre-emptive military action is not an option. President doesn't have authority to declare war, only Congress does. This option should be a VERY LAST RESORT.

      Economic Issues: Capitalist Loving Bastard
      Taxes: Eliminate the income tax. There are lots of other taxes out there to pay for stuff.
      Welfare: Get rid of it, gradually. You don't need to be dependent on government, you've got friends and family who'll always be looking out for you..go to them when you're down on your luck. Also, there are charitable organizations that do exist that takes care of people down on their luck and two words: soup kitchen.
      Trade: This protectionist Bulls*$t has got to end. The idea that by antagonizing our fellow trade partners with excessive tariffs and other economically nationalist ideas will somehow juice up our economy is insane. We benefit from trade with other nations, penaltilizing our trade partners is no way to get them to be more open to trading with us.
      Health Care: Leave it up to each individual state to decide what kind of healthcare system they want.
      Spending: Can the military budget, eliminate or reform ineffective programs.
      Education: Start up a voucher program so kids not well off can get into private schools easier to help spurce competition between the schools to provide the best possible education for our nation's children. Keep public schools since competition with private schools for the most kids will encourage public school systems to become better at educating kids instead of teaching them how to pass year end exams that won't mean anything 10 years from now.
      Regulations: Support environmental regulations (but not excessive), I don't want some company's toxic waste in my backyard. Kind of iffy on anti-trust and monopoly regulations.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: pogo stick on June 06, 2009, 07:38:33 am
      Support destroying Palestinians

      Everything else I kinda expected in some way shape or form, but this part sounds very dodgy to me...

      I sincerely hope you're just over-exaggerating there.
      Not Over exaggerating. If they won't let my religion live in peace ,then they should either die or get a big ass-whooping.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Franzl on June 06, 2009, 07:39:29 am
      Support destroying Palestinians

      Everything else I kinda expected in some way shape or form, but this part sounds very dodgy to me...

      I sincerely hope you're just over-exaggerating there.
      Not Over exaggerating. If they won't let my religion live in peace ,then they should either die or get a big ass-whooping.

      lol


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ChrisJG777 on June 06, 2009, 09:10:38 am
      Support destroying Palestinians

      Everything else I kinda expected in some way shape or form, but this part sounds very dodgy to me...

      I sincerely hope you're just over-exaggerating there.
      Not Over exaggerating. If they won't let my religion live in peace ,then they should either die or get a big ass-whooping.

      Somehow with most of them, I doubt that it's religion that's the main factor in why an awful of Palestinians aren't to accommodating towards Israel and its citizens, but more like the Palestinians see many Israelis as intruders on their land.  You must understand that in 1948 hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displaced from their homes during the formation of Israel on the land previously knowns as Palestine.  Afterall, if you were forced out of your home by a bunch of strangers, wouldn't you be somewhat upset at that too?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Hash on June 06, 2009, 09:15:09 am
      Support destroying Palestinians

      Everything else I kinda expected in some way shape or form, but this part sounds very dodgy to me...

      I sincerely hope you're just over-exaggerating there.
      Not Over exaggerating. If they won't let my religion live in peace ,then they should either die or get a big ass-whooping.

      Oh dear, oh dear.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: pogo stick on June 08, 2009, 03:59:22 pm
      Support destroying Palestinians

      Everything else I kinda expected in some way shape or form, but this part sounds very dodgy to me...

      I sincerely hope you're just over-exaggerating there.
      Not Over exaggerating. If they won't let my religion live in peace ,then they should either die or get a big ass-whooping.

      Oh dear, oh dear.

      That's how I roll.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ChrisJG777 on June 09, 2009, 10:30:30 am
      Support destroying Palestinians

      Everything else I kinda expected in some way shape or form, but this part sounds very dodgy to me...

      I sincerely hope you're just over-exaggerating there.
      Not Over exaggerating. If they won't let my religion live in peace ,then they should either die or get a big ass-whooping.

      Oh dear, oh dear.

      That's how I roll.

      And it's very disturbing...


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RI on June 09, 2009, 11:27:05 am
      Support destroying Palestinians

      Everything else I kinda expected in some way shape or form, but this part sounds very dodgy to me...

      I sincerely hope you're just over-exaggerating there.
      Not Over exaggerating. If they won't let my religion live in peace ,then they should either die or get a big ass-whooping.

      Oh dear, oh dear.

      That's how I roll.

      And it's very disturbing...

      Eh... he's 14. He'll outgrow his extremism as he matures (hopefully). When I was younger, I (regrettably) held some extreme views as well. I believe I once said we should kill every gay because they added nothing to society. I hate who I was.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Vice President PiT on June 09, 2009, 11:38:27 am
      Social Issues

      General philosophy: Strongly Leftist

      Abortion: Support legality, oppose use.
      Separation of church and state: Support unconditionally. The day that an Atheist can be elected President will be a day to be long celebrated.
      Marriage: Support gay marriage. I can accept civil unions in areas that will not accept full marriage yet.
      Affirmative Action: Wronging people to make up for past wrongs is unacceptable. Do not infringe on the rights of businesses to engage in affirmative action practices.
      Gun rights: It's a constitutional right. Limit gun ownership for convicts, though, as well as ownership of fully automatic weapons.
      Death Penalty: Oppose.
      Censorship: Not under any circumstance. Censorship is slavery.
      Flag burning: Support of course. Non-violent political speech cannot be limited.
      Hate crimes: Oppose. No one person should have greater protection under the law than another.
      Hate speech: Oppose since it's unconstitutional.
      Smoking: Public smoking is annoying, but it should be allowed by any free society anyway.
      Alcohol consumption: Same as smoking.
      Euthanasia: Support.
      Drugs: Legalize all drugs.
      Gambling: Completely legalize.
      Prostitution: Legalize & regulate. Keep in brothels.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support, though adult stem cells should be preferred given recent breakthroughs.
      Immigration: Open borders. Get rid of illegals with a criminal record.
      Civil Liberties: These cannot be compromised.
      Language: Making English the official language is pointless.

      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: Strongly Capitalist

      Taxes: Combine with spending cuts to eliminate the deficit. Once the deficit has been eliminated or greatly reduced, cut as much as is possible while staying in the black.
      Employers and Employees: No protection for strikers. If you can get fired any other time, you can get fired then too.
      Free trade: Unconditionally support.
      Spending: Vastly cut spending. Re-evaluate the role of the state.
      Social Security: If people want to privately invest all of their earnings, it should be their right.
      Space Program: Supporting science is necessary to remain a major power. Generally support.
      Welfare: No welfare. Phase it out.
      Healthcare: Support free-market solutions.
      Education: Greatly reduce funding. Offer vouchers to attend accredited private schools.
      Minimum Wage: Tie to inflation and forget about it. Leave it at a fairly low rate, so as to not inhibit business growth.
      Regulation: Kill all regulations except for those prohibiting abusive business practices (mainly anti-trust/anti-monopoly). Devote the BBB's resources to warning consumers of dangerous business practices.
      Infrastructure: Maintain current infrastructure. Do not waste money on expanding it.
      Energy Policy: Favor coal, oil, & nuclear for the time being. Research viable renewable resources.


      Foreign Issues

      General Philosophy: Diplomatic

      Democracy and Trade: Trade is good. Seek free trade with all other liberal democracies.
      United Nations: Stay in the UN. Do not acquiesce to unreasonable demands, however.
      Iraq: Oppose.
      Iran: They are no threat. Ignore them.
      North Korea: Use deterrance-based tactics. Work together with China to dissuade them from further agressive behavior.
      Israel: Don't support them so strongly. We are endangering ourselves.
      Military Involvement: Talk softly and carry a big stick. Attack only if attacked, but be ready to demolish any enemy.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Vice President PiT on June 09, 2009, 11:39:29 am
      Support destroying Palestinians

      Everything else I kinda expected in some way shape or form, but this part sounds very dodgy to me...

      I sincerely hope you're just over-exaggerating there.
      Not Over exaggerating. If they won't let my religion live in peace ,then they should either die or get a big ass-whooping.

      Oh dear, oh dear.

      That's how I roll.

      And it's very disturbing...

      Eh... he's 14. He'll outgrow his extremism as he matures (hopefully). When I was younger, I (regrettably) held some extreme views as well. I believe I once said we should kill every gay because they added nothing to society. I hate who I was.

           You too? I once said that homosexuality was going to be the end of western society.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: pogo stick on June 09, 2009, 11:42:50 am
      Support destroying Palestinians

      Everything else I kinda expected in some way shape or form, but this part sounds very dodgy to me...

      I sincerely hope you're just over-exaggerating there.
      Not Over exaggerating. If they won't let my religion live in peace ,then they should either die or get a big ass-whooping.

      Oh dear, oh dear.

      That's how I roll.

      And it's very disturbing...

      Eh... he's 14. He'll outgrow his extremism as he matures (hopefully). When I was younger, I (regrettably) held some extreme views as well. I believe I once said we should kill every gay because they added nothing to society. I hate who I was.

      I might more left economically ,but not socially. Though gay marrige is my weakest issue.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: tallguy23 on June 09, 2009, 09:48:54 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion: Legalized in the first two trimesters, ban partial-birth abortion
      Separation of church and state: Could care less about this issue. If you wanna worship go ahead, if you don't then don't. This is America and we are a free country of choice. Having said that I don't support prayer in public school classrooms. If you wanna do it in a student group then go right ahead.
      Gay marriage: Fully support it
      Affirmative action: Good intentions, but it's simply reverse racism.
      Gun control: Americans have a right to bear arms but there should be background checks and licensing
      Death penalty: Support it 100%
      Flag burning: I would personally never do it, but it is free speech.
      Euthanasia: Very complicated subject but I suppose I'm more of a libertarian on the issue
      Prostitution: It's going to happen anyways, why not regulate it and ensure proper health standards.
      Immigration: I support legal immigration 100%. Stronger border enforcement and crack down on employers hiring illegal immigrants.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: I support a free market but the rich do have to pay their fair share. It's unfair that someone like John Kerry only pays about 12% because of all his deductions.
      Trade: I believe free trade grows our economy but we should protect some of our jobs here
      Spending: Gov't. should spend only what is absolutely necessary and should work to reduce the debt.
      Welfare: I agree with a temporary safety net and welfare-to-work
      Education: Support universal education, but I also believe that school choice is important. Support financial aid for college.
      Regulations: Don't regulate excessively, but make sure that common sense measures are taken to avoid another collapse.
      Health Care: Support health care for all

      Foreign Policy

      Military Involvement: Maintain a strong military but use it wisely
      United Nations: Does not work as we planned, but there is no use pulling out now


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on June 13, 2009, 07:39:32 am
      Social Issues

      General Philosophy: Individual Rights

      Abortion: Keep it legal on demand until late term.
      Secularism: We shouldn't have 'faith based initiatives' or faculty led prayer. Or blue laws.
      Marriage: The government shouldn't be involved in 'marriage.' Of course I support gay marriage regardless.
      Affirmative Action: Discriminating for or against minorities is unconstitutional.
      Gun rights: It's a constitutional right.
      Death Penalty: Support.
      Censorship: Abolish the FCC. Also, obscenity laws make no sense.
      Flag burning: Is protected speech, barring safety concerns.
      Hate crimes: Don't really care to be honest.
      Hate speech: Oppose since it's unconstitutional.
      Smoking: Should be legal but kept out of bars and restaurants.
      Alcohol consumption: Get rid of blue laws and the drinking age.
      Euthanasia: Legalize for the terminally ill.
      Drugs: Legalize marijuana and most other drugs. Maintain tight regulations on the use and production of methamphetamine.
      Gambling: I don't want more casinos in my state. Otherwise, I don't care.
      Prostitution: Legalize brothels.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support, especially given recent HIV breakthroughs.
      Immigration: No amnesty. Secure the borders by ramping up ICE presence, use of barriers and reforming the identification process.
      Civil Liberties: Some balance is needed (and I don't care about Guantanamo to be honest), but the sort of spying we've had under the Bush administration is unacceptable. We could use some reform of the Patriot Act as well but the worst of that bill sunsets this year.
      Language: English should be the official language of the US.

      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: Free Markets

      Taxes: Decrease taxes and move toward a flat tax.
      Employers and Employees: No EFCA.
      Free trade: Expand trade with Colombia, South Korea, and others.
      Spending: Dramatically cut discretionary spending, entitlements, bureaus, subsidies, etc. Basically government should be at least half what it is now.
      Social Security: Privatize through use of annuities.
      Space Program: Privatize space.
      Welfare: Limit to the disabled and recently unemployed. Replace Food Stamps with Food Banks.
      Healthcare: Require private insurance and subsidize the very poor and disabled. Reform regulations to allow for more choice and coverage (e.g. buying across state lines; pre-existing conditions). Enact Tort Reform.
      Education: Expand charter schools and offer vouchers. Abolish Department of Education and No Child Left Behind.
      Minimum Wage: Abolish the minimum wage. Enforce labor contracts.
      Regulation: Simplify and enforce. Regulations should focus primarily on public health and prohibiting wild speculation (e.g. naked derivatives).
      Infrastructure: Scale down highway system and suburbia. Expand public transportation (e.g. bullet trains) and promote new urbanism.
      Energy Policy: Expand use of nuclear energy and domestic drilling. Promote research for renewable resources.

      Foreign Issues

      General philosophy: Country First

      United Nations: Get out of the UN.
      Iraq: We've made progress. I don't want us to jeopardize that through arbitrary time tables.
      Iran: Ramp up economic sanctions. Give Israel the go ahead to do what they want.
      North Korea: Don't give them aid and stop wasting our time with them.
      Israel: Has a right to exist. Period.
      Military Involvement: Is fine if we're directly threatened or attacked.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Tetro Kornbluth on June 13, 2009, 08:05:54 am
      Country First must be the dumbest international non-policy ever.

      My International policy would be Country last.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on June 13, 2009, 08:11:29 am
      Country First must be the dumbest international non-policy ever.

      My International policy would be Country last.

      I'd say America First but the connotations of that are a bit uglier. Of course I'm going to come off as belligerent regardless so maybe I should have.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Tetro Kornbluth on June 13, 2009, 08:15:44 am
      Country First must be the dumbest international non-policy ever.

      My International policy would be Country last.

      I'd say America First but the connotations of that are a bit uglier. Of course I'm going to come off as belligerent regardless so maybe I should have.

      I agree that basing one's foreign policy on entirely the socioeconomic benefit of Americans and ignoring everyone else is going to look great to the rest of the world.

      Assuming of course that the rest of the world exist and isn't just a fantasy thought up by bleedin' heart liberals.

      Didn't we have a president just recently who had a policy like that?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on June 13, 2009, 08:24:19 am
      Country First must be the dumbest international non-policy ever.

      My International policy would be Country last.

      I'd say America First but the connotations of that are a bit uglier. Of course I'm going to come off as belligerent regardless so maybe I should have.

      I agree that basing one's foreign policy on entirely the socioeconomic benefit of Americans and ignoring everyone else is going to look great to the rest of the world.

      Assuming of course that the rest of the world exist and isn't just a fantasy thought up by bleedin' heart liberals.

      Didn't we have a president just recently who had a policy like that?

      Unfortunately, I'd say that we're really in a no win situation and have been for decades now. If we project power too much we'll be condemned. If we stick to ourselves, we'll be seen as callous. I'd prefer the latter generally, especially given how transparent our 'moral' justifications tend to be. Obviously the man child we had before disagreed.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Tetro Kornbluth on June 13, 2009, 08:30:12 am
      Country First must be the dumbest international non-policy ever.

      My International policy would be Country last.

      I'd say America First but the connotations of that are a bit uglier. Of course I'm going to come off as belligerent regardless so maybe I should have.

      I agree that basing one's foreign policy on entirely the socioeconomic benefit of Americans and ignoring everyone else is going to look great to the rest of the world.

      Assuming of course that the rest of the world exist and isn't just a fantasy thought up by bleedin' heart liberals.

      Didn't we have a president just recently who had a policy like that?

      Unfortunately, I'd say that we're really in a no win situation and have been for decades now. If we project power too much we'll be condemned. If we stick to ourselves, we'll be seen as callous. I'd prefer the latter generally, especially given how transparent our 'moral' justifications tend to be. Obviously the man child we had before disagreed.

      How about doing neither and be genuinely internationalist. And no that doesn't mean invading countries for no apparent reason.

      Bush was after all an American Firster too. Just not an isolationist. Anyway it's hardly in America's best economic interest to be protectionist.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on June 13, 2009, 08:42:30 am
      Country First must be the dumbest international non-policy ever.

      My International policy would be Country last.

      I'd say America First but the connotations of that are a bit uglier. Of course I'm going to come off as belligerent regardless so maybe I should have.

      I agree that basing one's foreign policy on entirely the socioeconomic benefit of Americans and ignoring everyone else is going to look great to the rest of the world.

      Assuming of course that the rest of the world exist and isn't just a fantasy thought up by bleedin' heart liberals.

      Didn't we have a president just recently who had a policy like that?

      Unfortunately, I'd say that we're really in a no win situation and have been for decades now. If we project power too much we'll be condemned. If we stick to ourselves, we'll be seen as callous. I'd prefer the latter generally, especially given how transparent our 'moral' justifications tend to be. Obviously the man child we had before disagreed.

      How about doing neither and be genuinely internationalist. And no that doesn't mean invading countries for no apparent reason.

      Historically the US appears incapable of doing so. And even if we did, I see nothing positive that the UN contributes outside of some humanitarian projects which we could easily administer ourselves or with others privately if we really cared to do so. Which we don't outside of the usual not very subtle attempts at buying loyalty (or peonage).

      Quote
      Bush was after all an American Firster too. Just not an isolationist. Anyway it's hardly in America's best economic interest to be protectionist.

      I'm not even sure you can give Bush a coherent foreign policy. It all seems to amount to grudges and graft, more so than usual. Of course we're stuck with the consequences now.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Tetro Kornbluth on June 13, 2009, 11:40:49 am
      Quote
      Historically the US appears incapable of doing so. And even if we did, I see nothing positive that the UN contributes outside of some humanitarian projects which we could easily administer ourselves or with others privately if we really cared to do so. Which we don't outside of the usual not very subtle attempts at buying loyalty (or peonage).

      Anything positive the UN can contribute? How about Global Co-operation? No matter how corrupt the UN actually is (is it really more corrupt than many governments the US are happy dealing with? Of course not.) it still offers that opportunity under a major institutional umbrella.

      Surely it is in the best interests of the United States to actually be liked.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Governor PiT on July 07, 2009, 10:56:39 pm
      General philosophy: Moderate

      Abortion: oppose but should be leave to states
      Separation of church and state: yes
      Gay Marriage: ok with civil unions, leave to states
      Affirmative Action: Oppose on race, support on economic factors,
      Age of Consent: personally support it at 15(depends on situation and act based on behavior rather than ageism), left to states.
      Gun rights: Strongly Support, oppose federal assault weapons ban
      Death Penalty: leave to states
      Censorship: Strongly oppose, words fail me
      Flag burning: Support
      Smoking: oppose restrictions
      Alcohol consumption: Support, legal age should be lowered to 18
      Euthanasia: oppose
      Drugs: support legalization.
      Gambling: Support, left to states
      Prostitution: leave to states, only if its highly regulated.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: oppose public funding, ok with private reaserce
      Immigration: oppose massive immigration should be more selective.
      Illegal Immigration: Strongly Oppose


      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: Moderate Conservative

      Taxes: Tax Corporations based on how much of their products are produced overseas as well as tariffs, tax speculation on wall street, less taxes on the middle class, more on the elites.
      Employers and Employees: support basic union rights with checks and balanes
      Free trade: Oppose,
      Spending: cut spending
      Social Security: partial privatization.
      Space Program: Support, although not a priority
      Welfare: reduced and reformed.
      Healthcare: oppose
      Education: localized schools, charters and vouchers, abolish federal and state education buracracies
      Minimum Wage: leave to states, keep at current level
      Regulation: depends on the situation
      Infrastructure: depends
      Energy Policy: support incentive for alternative energy
      Environment: Support conservation of remaining open space.


      Foreign Issues

      General Philosophy: Isolationist

      Democracy and Trade: Isolationist
      United Nations: Oppose, ineffective
      Iraq: Strongly oppose the war
      Israel: Support two state solution, oppose all economic or military aid
      Patriot Act: Strongly Oppose
      Torture: Strongly Oppose
      Military Involvement: Strongly Oppose in almost all circumstances
      North American Union: Strongly Oppose


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: pogo stick on July 08, 2009, 01:57:01 pm
      Time to re-do this thing :

      Social Issues (Social Conservative)

      Abortion : Ban it 100%
      Gay Rights : Ban Gay marriage, Legalize Gay adoption. Oh and No civil unions
      Illegal Immigration : Close borders,  make more border fences, deport illegals
      Guns : Legalize all guns, no restrictions
      Flag Burning : Ban it. It's not a constitutional right
      War on Drugs : Continue the war. Ban drugs.
      Smoking : Ban it. I see my dad suffer everyday smoking. Ban it.
      Death Penalty : Support it 100%
      Censorship : Support. A moral society, is a good society
      Prostitution : Ban it. Yea, sorry Las Vegas :p
      Affirmative Action : Oppose it
      Stem Cell Research : Oppose 100%
      Alcohol : Leave it legal. Leave drinking age at 21. But more regulations.
      Assisted-Suicide : No. Just f***ing no.
      Cloning : ^^^^^^^^^^^^

      Foreign Policy (Hawkish, Far-right)

      Israel : Support it's right to exist. Support $$$ Aid and Military Aid. Hate Palestinians
      Intervention : Support. I'm a internationalist 
      North Korea : End all "diplomacy" it's  obvious that war is the only option
      Iran : Support invading, and overthrowing Amandemajad.
      Iraq : Support the war. We did our job.
      PATRIOT Act : Support. National security > Privacy
      Defense Spending : Raise defense Spending.
      Military : Proud supporter of U.S Military.
      Torture : Support, only on terrorists
      War on Terror : Support


      Economic Policy (Center-right)

      Federal Spending : Oppose. Spending will double the the deficit
      Unions : Support. But we need to balance the labor  and corporate needs
      Free Trade : Against Tariffs. against protectionism, but am nuetral over all on free trade
      Porkulus Package : Against it
      Pork Barrel Spending : Against this garbage 100%
      Gas : Support ANWAR and offshore Drilling.
      Environment : The U.S Economy is more important then the environment, no government regulations. Don't believe in the "Climate change" or Global Warming theories.
      Minimum Wage : Against raising it. It will hurt the economy in the long run.
      Social Security : Privatize it, at least partially.
      Taxes : Against riasing taxes on Anyone. Am against income tax, as it's unconstitutional. Support something that would make income taxes illegal or very low. Ban Gas, Estate, Inheritance taxes.
      Education : Support Vouchers. People have the right to pick their own schools!



      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Snowguy716 on July 08, 2009, 04:23:02 pm
      General philosophy: Liberal

      Abortion: oppose but should remain legal and constitutionally protected.
      Separation of church and state: Most definitely in both directions
      Gay Marriage: Should be legalized
      Affirmative Action: Can be useful in certain situations, but I generally oppose it today.
      Age of Consent: Age of consent should be 16.
      Gun rights: Generally supportive, though we should have a waiting period and background checks. 
      Death Penalty: Strongly oppose
      Censorship: Strongly oppose.
      Flag burning:  I support your right to burn the flag.  I would only ever do it if I had a very serious grievance with the state as probably the act of protest with the highest symbolism.  It should never be taken lightly or done lightly.
      Smoking:  No smoking in public places, though we should allow for smoking rooms in private businesses (if they're separate). 
      Alcohol consumption: Legal age should be lowered to 16 to purchase wine and beer and 19 to purchase liquor (to keep liquor out of high schools).  Alcohol consumption in the presence of parents should be allowed at any age.  Get rid of public intoxication laws and allow drinking in public.
      Euthanasia: Support in cases of terminal illness.
      Drugs: Support legalization of marijuana and other "soft" drugs with state regulation as with tobacco and alcohol.  Money raised from the taxes should go to support recovery/rehabilitation programs.
      Gambling: I support it, but I recognize the help it has given Native American tribes in lifting many out of abject poverty.
      Prostitution: Leave this to the states.  I support regulated prostitution.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly support.
      Immigration:  We need to make legal immigration much easier.  No quotas, though immigration could be reduced if need be.
      Illegal Immigration:  Give them a chance to become legal immigrants through an easier, reformed system.  Those that fail should be sent home.


      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: Liberal

      Taxes: Keep corporate taxes, but lower the rates.  Cut business taxes for small businesses drastically.  Institute a progressive income tax with the largest chunk of government revenue coming from this source.  Have a highly progressive capital gains tax that taxes excessive capital gains while promoting investment among Americans in general.
      Employers and Employees: I support the right for unions to form without intimidation by either side, overseen and those rights guaranteed by the government.  Unions that strike legitimately and legally should be protected from being fired.
      Free trade: I support fair trade.  We need to hold our trading partners to the same standards that we hold our own workers.
      Spending:  Scrub the budget.  I support pay-go.  Ask each department to find 10% of potential savings and then determine which of that 10% is worth reforming or keeping.  Cut the rest.
      Social Security: End benefits for the rich, raise the retirement age to 70 in a graduated fashion and reduce benefits to cover the rest of the deficit.
      Space Program: Support.  More money should be spent on exploring and potential human colonization of the moon/Mars.
      Welfare:  Full, generous benefits for the disabled and single parents (with dependents in the home, of course).  All abled body workers must either be searching for work or continuing their education (state funded) to receive benefits, which would come in the form of housing assistance, food stamps, utility assistance, and a small cash allowance for personal items.
      Healthcare: I support government funded, single payer health insurance for all children under 18 and college students under 25, and everyone over 65.  Healthy adults must find their own insurance.  The destitute and disabled would be covered under the government system while a second government option with subsidized copays and premiums would be available to the poor, based on income.
      Education: At the federal level:  No unfunded mandates.  Curriculum guidelines at the federal level should be vague with only general educational goals stated (like math and science standards).  Education equalization funding should be handled at the state level with a reliance on income taxes to fund schools rather than property taxes.  (This was, after all, the Minnesota Miracle in 1971)
      Minimum Wage: Have a federal minimum wage, but allow states to adjust it upward for local market differences.
      Regulation:  It really depends.
      Infrastructure: We need to make major investments in our highways, rails, and utilities.  We should have an efficient, environmentally friendly high speed rail network connecting  the major cities of the country with regional lines down the road.  All railroad tracks should be government owned and maintained with leasing to the private freight rails.  Upgrade the rails for freight to travel up to 79mph and passenger rail up to 200mph.
      Energy Policy: Incentives for renewable energy as well as an expansion of nuclear power.  We need to eliminate oil where possible first, then coal.  Find ways to sequester carbon dioxide and store it.
      Environment: I support conservation of public lands as well as beaches/shores and other wetlands.  We need better regulation of our grasslands that support more sustainable grazing techniques, as well as more sustainable forestry practices with selective cutting that leaves a tiny footprint and the use of fire to renew our forests.



      Foreign Issues

      General Philosophy: I don't know.

      Democracy and Trade: I support both, but movements towards democracy should be home grown.  We should assist if they ask.
      United Nations: The idea of an international body is important in today's world.  It should not hold any legal jurisdiction, however.
      Iraq: Strongly opposed to our invasion of Iraq, though if peace and stability can remain in this fledgling democracy, I won't deny the victory there.
      Israel: Support two state proposal.  No economic or military aid except for defense in extreme situations.  We were instrumental in putting them there, we should help them out when they really need it.  Palestinians and Jewish Israelis will have to learn to coexist.
      Patriot Act: Strongly Oppose
      Torture: Strongly Oppose
      Military Involvement:  Oppose in most circumstances.
      North American Union: A union that sets up free trade and free travel amongst the nations is a good idea.  Also, legislation that affects all parties could be promoted by a stronger union, but ultimately these proposed laws would have to be approved by the legislative bodies of each respective country in order to maintain national sovereignty.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on July 10, 2009, 12:40:16 am
      Country First must be the dumbest international non-policy ever.

      My International policy would be Country last.

      Country last would be just as bad, wouldn't it? Unless I misunderstand you, of course.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on July 10, 2009, 01:21:04 am
      Imagine a world with no corporations. Imagine a world with no government. Imagine a world at peace.

      That's my philosophy.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Frodo on July 13, 2009, 07:15:48 pm
      Social/Cultural Hot-Button issues

      Affirmative Action: Strongly oppose affirmative action based on gender, race, and/or ethnic background.  Would support affirmative action on a socio-economic basis, however.

      Abortion: I support the overturning of Roe vs. Wade and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, and returning the issue back to the states where it rightfully belongs.  Accordingly, I favor the nomination of those justices to create the majority required to overturn the 1973 decision.

      Stem-Cell Research: Strongly support using federal tax-dollars to fund embryonic stem-cell research, and lifting the ban on letting laboratories create new lines of embryonic stem-cells.

      Gay Rights: Favor overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Support extending to gay and lesbian couples rights normally restricted to heterosexual married couples, such as hospital visitation, inheritance of estates and other property, among others.  Also support hate crimes legislation, as well as overturning 'Don't Ask; Don't Tell', and allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, and without harassment for their sexual orientation.  

      Sex and Prostitution: Favor comprehensive sex education programs, including accurate and up-to-date information regarding safe sex (condoms, contraceptives, etc.), sexually transmitted diseases like HIV-AIDS, as well as abstinence.  Also favor the legalization of brothels.

      Second Amendment: The Second Amendment was intended to be seen as protecting an individual right as with all the other original ten amendments that comprised the Bill of Rights when it was added to the Constitution -given this context it makes little sense to interpret it otherwise.  When it was originally written, 'militia' connoted the entirety of the citizenry, not just a government-created body.  

      Accordingly, I support concealed-carry, 'castle-doctrine' laws, and other liberalizing measures.  Needless to say, I strongly oppose gun-bans at any governmental level, be it municipal, state, or national in scope.  However, as with every other amendment, there are limits that must be recognized, and criminals and those deemed certifiably insane by the medical profession should not have access to firearms, and I support measures (e.g. background checks) to that effect so long as the definitions regarding these groups are narrowly construed.  

      Drug War: Given the results of the past forty years since the 'war on drugs' was first inaugurated by President Nixon, most dramatically seen in Mexico's increasing likelihood of disintegration as it battles drug lords, I now support ending the 'war on drugs', and instead direct our attention and funding towards prevention and treatment of addicts.  

      Election Reform: I support replacing the First-Past-The-Post system with proportional representation with regard to Congress and state legislatures. For presidential elections, I favor having each state assign electoral votes to each presidential nominee based on vote totals they win within each congressional district (similar to Maine and Nebraska), with the precondition that such congressional districts are redrawn not by political parties but by judges within the state they are redistricting.

      I also favor replacing our current front-loaded primary/caucus schedule with a Rotating Regional Primary System (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotating_Regional_Primary_System).

      llegal Immigration: I would support full amnesty of the 12 million or so illegal aliens in the United States if we focus first on ensuring that our borders would be secured so as to prevent future hordes of Mexicans and other Latin Americans from coming across the border. I also support significant increases in funding for ESL (English-as-a-Second-Language) programs, as well as shifting the emphasis of our immigration policy away from family reunification towards those immigrants who have skills, and are well educated.

      Economic issues

      Tax Code: Favor a wholesale reform of the tax code geared toward encouraging savings and investment, as well as increasing revenue to pay for the social programs that the American people desire.

      Entitlement programs: After long deliberation, I now support President Obama's proposal in reforming the health care system, including a government-supported public health plan.  I support funding his proposal along three main sources: an inflation-adjusted surtax on wealthy households, a tax on health insurance companies, as well as removing congressional authority over Medicare reform & reimbursement rates and shifting that power to an independent panel of medical experts.  To help curb the costs of the program, I also support medical malpractice tort reform so as to cut down on frivolous lawsuits, as well as stripping the health insurance industry of its antitrust exemption.  Ultimately I would like to shift the entire system away from employer-provided health care to one jointly provided and operated solely by the federal government and the private medical insurance industry.  

      With regard to Social Security, I favor raising the retirement age to seventy, raising the payroll tax as well as eliminating the cap on it, preserve as well as raise the estate tax, and indexing Social Security benefits to inflation as opposed to wages.  

      Minimum Wage: Support raising it and having it pegged to inflation, provided there are provisions made for small businesses who can less afford the higher costs involved than a multinational corporation.

      Labor Unions: Strongly support the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (http://www.aflcio.org/joinaunion/voiceatwork/efca/) to strengthen labor unions.

      Free Trade: Strongly support free trade and I favor the establishment of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (http://www.ftaa-alca.org/Alca_e.asp).  To encourage sub-Saharan Africa's economic development, I also favor reducing and eventually eliminating farm subsidies throughout the developed world to make their agricultural produce more competitive in our markets.  

      Energy Independence and the Environment: To build a more ecologically sustainable society over the long-haul, I favor research into nuclear fusion and hydrogen fuel-cell technologies; increasing investments into alternative renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass among others; promoting energy efficiency in government as well as in private industry, using the LEED Green Building Rating System (http://www.usgbc.org/) as a model; tax credits for hybrid vehicles; increasing the fuel economy standards for newer vehicles; as well as the expansion of new nuclear power plants, and updating those already in existence (particularly in areas east of the Mississippi, where the only other viable alternatives to power eastern urban metropolises are coal and oil).  The federal government should also increase investments into mass transit programs in urban areas so as to concentrate population growth in those areas.

      Am also open to imposing mandatory CO2 emissions limits as well as a carbon tax (http://www.carbontax.org/) to combat (anthropocentric) global warming.

      NASA -Space Exploration: Strongly support President Bush's initiative to refocus the space agency away from the International Space Station (instead letting private companies and international space agencies fund the ISS upon its completion) and towards the exploration (and hopeful colonization) of the Moon and Mars.  I also support replacing our ageing space shuttle fleet with newer rockets built as part of the Constellation program (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/constellation/main/index.html), and distributing funding accordingly.  I do not support extending the use of our current space shuttles beyond 2010.    

      Foreign Policy

      Support reshaping our military to better handle the twin challenges of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency, including a major expansion of the Special Forces.  Also support missile defense to guard against rogue regimes threatening our allies, as well as giving the State Department and USAID back the prominence they once had during the Cold War, and reversing the recent trend of turning our embassies and consulates into fortresses instead of beacons of democracy.  

      Over the longer-term, the United States is not likely to retain its status as the 'sole, remaining superpower' as this century progresses, and our power will decline relative to the continued rise of new great powers like China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and Iran.  It is therefore to our long-term benefit to strengthen international law and institutions to brace the liberal international order that we heralded into existence after the end of the Second World War, and to make more likely that such rising powers assimilate to the existing order rather than create a parallel system that is not so conducive to the spread of free markets, democracy, and liberal norms.    


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on July 13, 2009, 07:16:53 pm
      I'm an anarcho communist, how the hell do I summarize that?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: pogo stick on July 13, 2009, 09:09:18 pm
      I'm an anarcho communist, how the hell do I summarize that?

      You can't. YOU MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN ANARCHIST OR COMMUNIST! CHOOSE WISELY MY YOUNG PADAWAN!!!


      WagaWaga


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Scam of God on July 13, 2009, 10:44:14 pm
      I'm an anarcho communist, how the hell do I summarize that?

      You can't. YOU MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN ANARCHIST OR COMMUNIST! CHOOSE WISELY MY YOUNG PADAWAN!!!


      WagaWaga

      Why? Anarchism and (small-scale, local, and voluntary) communism are imminently compatible: the word "libertarianism" originally applied to people who today are considered syndicalists and Left Communists. I'm personally an anarcho-capitalist with distributivist tendencies, but I have no problem at all with the idea of anarchic communes.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ?????????? on July 13, 2009, 11:09:40 pm
      Social Issues

      General philosophy: Conservative

      Abortion: Personally, vehemently oppose. Leave up to the states.
      Separation of church and state: Non-existent. Outside of making sure the congress isn't setting up a state run church it's up to the states.
      Marriage: Civil unions, maybe. Otherwise support benefits for homosexuals that are equivalent to married individuals. Leave up to the individual states.
      Affirmative Action: Reverse racism is completely contrary to the spirit of the constitution. Eliminate and and level the playing field.
      Gun rights: People have the right to own whatever firearm they want. Individuals/municipalities have the right to form militias to defend the US. Eliminate the National Guard.
      Death Penalty: Strongly support. Clear out death row. Expand to repeat rapists as well.
      Censorship: Not under any circumstance.
      Flag burning: Support of course. Non-violent political speech cannot be limited.
      Hate crimes: Oppose. No one person should have greater protection under the law than another.
      Hate speech: Oppose since it's unconstitutional.
      Smoking: Public smoking is annoying, but it should be allowed by any free society anyway.
      Alcohol consumption: Same as smoking.
      Euthanasia: Oppose.
      Drugs: Legalize natural drugs crack down on meth labs and dealers.
      Gambling: Completely legalize. Left to states.
      Prostitution: Left to states. Support keeping it illegal as it's exploitation of women.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Adult stem cells only, which have proven to be more fruitful.
      Immigration: We need a new Ellis Island. Support legal immigration, crack down on law violators.
      Civil Liberties: To vague of a question.
      Language: English should be the only language used in federal/state/local governments and in schools. Assimilation of new immigrants should be the goal.

      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: Strongly Capitalist

      Taxes: Support the income tax for coporations. Support a national sales tax for private citizens.
      Employers and Employees: I believe all states should pass Right to Work laws.
      Free trade: Unconditionally support.
      Spending: Gut the federal government like a fish.
      Social Security: Support making it optional, with the eventual goal of its elimination in favor of money markets, IRAs, bonds and 401ks, all of which are more fruitful.
      Space Program: A noble goal for the government and for humanity, generally support.
      Welfare: Economic slavery is unacceptable, eliminate.
      Healthcare: Not any of the governments business. Most of the problems with healthcare today are due to government intervention.
      Education: Local/state level issue. Eliminate the DoE. Education is best left to the communities as they have a vested interest in teaching their students for their particular region.
      Minimum Wage: Eliminate, wages are an agreement between the employee and the employer.
      Regulation: To vague of an arena. Regulation of what?
      Infrastructure: Favor maintaining and adding on to the interstate system and other major roadways.
      Energy Policy: Favor coal, oil, & nuclear for the time being. Research viable renewable resources.


      Foreign Issues

      General Philosophy: Diplomatic

      Democracy and Trade: Trade is good. Seek free trade with all other liberal democracies.
      United Nations: Eliminate monetary support. Largely sit on the sideline but use it as a tool for good if absolutely necessary.
      Iraq: Saddam was a threat who continually violated the rules of the ceasefire, due to the fact that Saddam could not keep the conditions of the ceasefire which was in place he brought himself and his government to its' end.
      Iran: Stay vigilant. They can not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon due to their ideology being unstable.
      North Korea: Bribe the Chinese into turning their backs, then use special forces to eliminate the upper echelon of the government.
      Israel: Demand reparations for the USS Liberty, treat as any other ally.
      Military Involvement: As the largest and most important nation on Earth we have a duty to protect smaller countries from being pushed around by bully nations. Keep the thugs in check in order to promote our style of Republic across the globe.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: SPC on July 14, 2009, 02:08:03 am
      I'm an anarcho communist, how the hell do I summarize that?

      You can't. YOU MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN ANARCHIST OR COMMUNIST! CHOOSE WISELY MY YOUNG PADAWAN!!!


      WagaWaga

      Why? Anarchism and (small-scale, local, and voluntary) communism are imminently compatible: the word "libertarianism" originally applied to people who today are considered syndicalists and Left Communists. I'm personally an anarcho-capitalist with distributivist tendencies, but I have no problem at all with the idea of anarchic communes.

      Funny, you are the first "anarcho-capitalist" that associated criticism with the Constitution with "treason". Since the Constitution doesn't support anarcho-capitalism, I am left to assume that you either describe yourself as "treasonous" or are not an anarcho-capitalist. Additionally, you are the first "anarcho-capitalist" who supported tax hikes. Since anarcho-capitalists view taxation as theft, you must not be an anarcho-capitalist.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Scam of God on July 14, 2009, 03:10:30 am
      I'm an anarcho communist, how the hell do I summarize that?

      You can't. YOU MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN ANARCHIST OR COMMUNIST! CHOOSE WISELY MY YOUNG PADAWAN!!!


      WagaWaga

      Why? Anarchism and (small-scale, local, and voluntary) communism are imminently compatible: the word "libertarianism" originally applied to people who today are considered syndicalists and Left Communists. I'm personally an anarcho-capitalist with distributivist tendencies, but I have no problem at all with the idea of anarchic communes.

      Funny, you are the first "anarcho-capitalist" that associated criticism with the Constitution with "treason". Since the Constitution doesn't support anarcho-capitalism, I am left to assume that you either describe yourself as "treasonous" or are not an anarcho-capitalist. Additionally, you are the first "anarcho-capitalist" who supported tax hikes. Since anarcho-capitalists view taxation as theft, you must not be an anarcho-capitalist.

      Is it anarcho-capitalist to believe that the individual has a right to own the means of production (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributivism#Private_property), and use them to create his goods for sale at profit? Of course it is. Is it anarcho-capitalist to reject the supply-side mantra that says that not paying down the deficit (hence raising the price on imported goods) is fine, as long as the masses get their incentive to vote for you in the form of a tax rebate? Of course it is. Don't be a twit; your narrow ideological eyeslits have absolutely no bearing on the actual philosophy.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Countess Anya of the North Parish on July 14, 2009, 04:04:15 am
      Social Issues
      Abortion: we should have a choice. we have choices on everything else.
      Marriage: totally for. Gays have the same rights and should not be classified as different.
      Affirmative Action: Reverse racism is completely contrary to the spirit of the constitution. Eliminate and and level the playing field.
      Gun rights: I think we should be able to use guns. But we should becarful who we give them to.
      Death Penalty: Against since it wuld only increase crime having it.
      Censorship: under certain things. but very slim.
      Flag burning: Just rude.
      Hate crimes: Oppose.
      Hate speech: Oppose.
      Smoking: Could not care as long as people don't smoke in non smoking areas.
      Alcohol consumption: It is one think to drink, another to get drunk and kill someone.
      Drugs: Mary Jane should be allowed but not harsher drugs.
      Gambling: Don't care how people waiste their money.
      Prostitution: legalized but made to keep indoors. As to keep em off the street.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Srongly for. could help lots of people.
      Immigration: let them come but make it harder.
      Language: English and spanish should be the legal lingos.

      Economic Issues
      Taxes: Strongly support. Helps get funding for muc needed things.
      Employers and Employees: I believe all states should pass Right to Work laws.
      Free trade:
      Spending: Try to spend wisly. not like a shop aholic.
      Social Security:
      Space Program: Big supporter of. we need to continue to learn abt our universe.
      Welfare:
      Healthcare: Universal would be best. we should join the rest of the world.
      Education: Should be left to the state.
      Minimum Wage: Good.
      Regulation: good. need to be able to keep your bussness
      Infrastructure: All for. we need it.
      Energy Policy: ok with what we have now but need to find out a better way and fast.


      Foreign Issues
      Democracy and Trade: Trade is good. we rely on that. Give an better deal to democratic nations.
      United Nations:
      Iraq: just stupid and a waiste of time and money.
      Iran: just stupid.
      North Korea:
      Israel: sick of them. I don't give a sh**t.
      Military Involvement: As small a possible.

      (more later. i am tired)


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: SPC on July 14, 2009, 10:54:24 am
      I'm an anarcho communist, how the hell do I summarize that?

      You can't. YOU MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN ANARCHIST OR COMMUNIST! CHOOSE WISELY MY YOUNG PADAWAN!!!


      WagaWaga

      Why? Anarchism and (small-scale, local, and voluntary) communism are imminently compatible: the word "libertarianism" originally applied to people who today are considered syndicalists and Left Communists. I'm personally an anarcho-capitalist with distributivist tendencies, but I have no problem at all with the idea of anarchic communes.

      Funny, you are the first "anarcho-capitalist" that associated criticism with the Constitution with "treason". Since the Constitution doesn't support anarcho-capitalism, I am left to assume that you either describe yourself as "treasonous" or are not an anarcho-capitalist. Additionally, you are the first "anarcho-capitalist" who supported tax hikes. Since anarcho-capitalists view taxation as theft, you must not be an anarcho-capitalist.

      Is it anarcho-capitalist to believe that the individual has a right to own the means of production (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributivism#Private_property), and use them to create his goods for sale at profit? Of course it is. Is it anarcho-capitalist to reject the supply-side mantra that says that not paying down the deficit (hence raising the price on imported goods) is fine, as long as the masses get their incentive to vote for you in the form of a tax rebate? Of course it is. Don't be a twit; your narrow ideological eyeslits have absolutely no bearing on the actual philosophy.

      You didn't answer the accusations, but merely gave red herrings and wrapped them up in an ad hominem attack. Anarcho-capitalists don't support taxes, the Constitution, "might makes right", or state ownership of property, yet you are on record for supporting all of these things.

      Here you are stating that taxation is okay when the social contract says it is, a position held by no anarcho-capitalists, and stating that state ownership of property is okay:

      Quote
      You haven't answered how a State can own property when it's income is confiscated from taxpayers?

      When that right is granted to the State in its chartering document, then that State can own property.

      And here you are stating that I could be bound to a contract that I didn't sign, and then you follow it up with stating that the Constitution is legitimate because 'the people' support it. Neither of those positions is held by anarcho-capitalists:

      Quote
      It is not applicable because I have not signed it, just like any contract that I have not signed is inapplicable.

      Hence the concept of popular sovereignty, which you'd know about if you'd actually spent time inside of a classroom.

      Quote
      You use circular logic, the Constitution is legitimate, so suggesting that it is illegitimate is treasonous, so the Constitution is legitimate.

      The Constitution is legitimate because it derives its support from the people. The people continue to support it; ergo, the Constitution is legitimate.

      And surely an anarcho-capitalist would have no problem reading an essay by an anarcho-capitalist, right?:

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      Why should I care about the Constitution (http://www.lysanderspooner.org/notreason.htm)? It is an void document.

      Hahaha, riiiiiight.

      One doesn't even have to be an anarcho-capitalist to realize that "victor's justice" is wrong. You haven't made that realization, yet:

      Quote
      So would Saddam Hussein have been justified in imposing a Baathist dictatorship in America because we 'attacked "his" property', if he were capable?

      Quite frankly, yes. To the victor goes the spoils.

      And here you are defending statist policies in wartime. Again, one doesn't even have to be an anarcho-capitalist to realize this is wrong:

      So, statist policies are okay during wartime? That's sounds very neo-connish to me.

      Presuming you want to, you know, win a war? Most certainly.

      And here you are stating that secession is treason, a view not held by any anarcho-capitalists or true libertarians:

      You made the claim that the 1861 C.S.A. secession from the U.S. was treason. If this is the case, explain how the 1776 U.S. secession from Britain wasn't.

      The 1776 secession was treason. I don't think anyone ever claimed otherwise.

      And here you are defending tax hikes, not even considering the possibility of lowering spending, the view held by even the most moderate of libertarians:

      If taxes must be raised to keep the nation out of debt, then raise them as much as necessary.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on July 14, 2009, 01:29:08 pm
      Why? Anarchism and (small-scale, local, and voluntary) communism are imminently compatible: the word "libertarianism" originally applied to people who today are considered syndicalists and Left Communists. I'm personally an anarcho-capitalist with distributivist tendencies, but I have no problem at all with the idea of anarchic communes.
      You an anarcho-capitalist? Haha, that's a good one, Einzige.

      It's funny the things you people try to call yourselves these days now that "neocon" is a dirty word.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on July 14, 2009, 02:51:31 pm
      You made the claim that the 1861 C.S.A. secession from the U.S. was treason. If this is the case, explain how the 1776 U.S. secession from Britain wasn't.

      The 1776 secession was treason. I don't think anyone ever claimed otherwise.

      Well in Einzige's defense, he never defined whether said "treason" was justified or not justified. People always assume that "treason" has a negative connotation. Not many people consider that in some cases, "treason" is the moral choice.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: SPC on July 14, 2009, 05:42:32 pm
      You made the claim that the 1861 C.S.A. secession from the U.S. was treason. If this is the case, explain how the 1776 U.S. secession from Britain wasn't.

      The 1776 secession was treason. I don't think anyone ever claimed otherwise.

      Well in Einzige's defense, he never defined whether said "treason" was justified or not justified. People always assume that "treason" has a negative connotation. Not many people consider that in some cases, "treason" is the moral choice.

      If you look later in that thread, he refused to read Lysander Spooner's essay No Treason on the grounds that it was treasonous.

      Also, I find it funny that Einzige invariably abandons the thread once I provide evidence that his claim is bull.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Lahbas on July 22, 2009, 12:16:11 am
      Social Issues

      Abortion: Personally, I would support a constitutional amendment banning Abortion all, together. Pragmatically, let the states decide on the issue, same as they can on Gay Marriage.
      Separation of church and state: In my opinion, it does not exist. Most laws are based off those that exist with the religious codes. I do not agree in a strict separation as they have today, but I do not believe in a national religion, or infringement upon any religion.
      Affirmative action: No way to make it work. No matter how you try, you will always be discriminating against SOMEONE. In theory, I like it. In practice, not so much.
      Gun control: The Second Amendment guarantees us that right, so I do not believe is heavy controls. However, registration, and also controls on individuals who have used such weapons for illegal purposes I would be okay with.
      Death penalty: Leave it to the states.
      Flag burning: Even though I oppose this, I respect symbolic speech in this case.
      Euthanasia: Only in extreme cases, not on-demand.
      Prostitution: Should be banned completely, but enforcement would be too lacking.
      Immigration: Revamp the immigration programs so they are more up to date. At the same time, complete and effective border fence along Mexico, while also maintaining troops there.
      Gay Rights: I would support Civil Unions, but thru my religion, I find the term of marriage, which I consider to be a sacrament within my church, not applicable in this case. I know they are relatively the same thing.
      Drugs and Alcohol:All illegal drugs should remain illegal. Leave alcohol legislation to the states. Government taxes on cigarettes and cigars should be increased, so as to make it too expensive for 10 and 12 year olds to get from peddlers.
      Censorship:As the law currently states.
      Gambling:In my view the perfect creation by the Devil himself. States should have the right to legalize it, but I personally oppose.
      Language:English is the American language. Immigrants may keep their own, but they cannot expect us to learn theirs. Either they learn English, or they can leave.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research:Adult Stem Cells only. Religious reasons, and that those tests have been the ones that have got any results.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Cut taxes across the board.
      Trade: I would support some tariffs, but I am usually agreeable to free trade.
      Spending: Depends where the money is going. However, the lower numbers tend to be the best.
      Welfare: Welfare should either be completely dismantled, or at least revamped in such a way as to force people off it. Such ways could include proof of trying to find a job, or that they are on their way of being able to stand on their own feet.
      Education: The government should be supporting all the shcools, whether they are private or not. The competition would generate better students in the long run, as they would all battle for government funding.
      Regulations: Significantly reduce.
      Space Program: Strongly Support. We should have set foot on the Martian surface 30 years ago! Manifest Destiny!
      Energy Policy: Nuclear Energy should be set as a priority. In the meantime, research ways to development clean, yet cheap energy.

      Foreign Policy

      Military Involvement: We must have a strong military to defend ourselves and fight the war on terrorism, and we should never put military action off the table.
      United Nations: I hate the organization, but withdrawing would only put us in a weaker postion. It at least allows us the ability to counter Russian and Chinese influence, who already counter our own.
      Israel: Support it in it's cause for maintaining existence.
      Foreign aid: Give only to nations that truly need it, not as a way to improve relations or as a diplomatic bargaining tool.
      Iraq: Disagree with the initial invasion, but we cannot leave now until Iraq is completely stable. Blame Rumsfeld and Cheney for the mess, not Bush.
      Iran: Have the UN operate their nuclear reactors, and make sure that they are not able to produce weapons grade material. However, I must assume that they aim at creating a nuclear weapon, due to the suspicion that Israel itself has one.
      North Korea: If they move another inch, hit them hard.
      Russia: Give monetary support to opposition groups to allow them to bribe their way through the barriers created by the government. From there, force democratization.
      China: See Russia entry.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: FloridaRepublican on July 22, 2009, 12:38:12 am
      Social ideology:  Conservative

      Abortion:  Illegal except in the case of rape or incest

      Affirmative action:  Get rid of it.  Having an equal number of black and white people doesn't get jobs done.

      Death penalty:  Strongly support

      Gun control:  Pro-second amendment

      Flag burning:  It's more of a personal and ethical thing.  Personally, I think if you're willing to light a match and set the American flag, you have got serious problems.  Personally, if you're willing to do that, you should obviously go to another country because you don't like it here.  It's just a common sense factor.

      Gay marriage:  Should be abolished.  Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.

      Immigration:  I don't care if someone wants to move here from Asia or wherever.

      Illegal Immigration:  Absolutely oppose.  The word "Illegal" is there for a reason.  And I oppose amnesty for illegals already here.

      Drugs:  Should stay illegal.  They are illegal for a reason, you know.

      Taxes:  Flat tax.  Only fair.

      Welfare:  Get rid of it.  Its people are only bringing the entire country down with them.  Or at least modify it to where only people who are truly trying to look for jobs can use it.  It's become ridiculous nowadays.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on July 22, 2009, 12:48:20 am
      They are illegal for a reason, you know.

      Why, pray tell?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Heinous on July 22, 2009, 03:54:09 pm
      They are illegal for a reason, you know.

      Why, pray tell?

      Racism....and with those policy positions, I would probably ask about his positions on eugenics.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: FloridaRepublican on July 22, 2009, 07:54:30 pm
      Racism?  He took that quote from my drugs stance, if you had actually read it.  I must be some Bible-thumping, minority-hating, reactionary, white southerner in your eyes huh?  The reason why "illegal" drugs are "illegal" is because of people's safety.  I think the safety of the American people is more important than making a few bucks off of Mary J.  But obviously other people don't share that thought.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Kalwejt on July 22, 2009, 08:11:24 pm
      Death Penalty: Strongly oppose, even hate for multiple reasosn

      Abortion rights: Strongly support, no one can force you to have an abortion, so don't take away this right from anyone

      Universal health care: Strongly support

      Any forms of censorship Strongly oppose

      War in Afghanistan: Supports, but this was mess up :(

      War in Iraq: Strongly oppose for multiple reasons

      Drugs: Supports legalize marijuana. This would significantly weak drug lords. Marijunana is not more harmful tham tobacco (I like tobacco :) )

      Same-sex marriages and unions: Strongly support. I really don't know why this is a problem for some? No one force you be be in gay marriage so don't take away this right from anyone

      Gun control: Strongly support

      Taxes: Progressive

      Euthanasia: Allow for terminally ill people who repeatly (and with clear mind) would ask to

      Separation of church and state: Strongly support

      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly support

      Possible intervention in Iran: Strongly oppose, this will not solve any problem, more, would only strenght Khamenei and Co.

      Israel: Strongly support right to exist and being safe, but Israeli government must be, in their best interest, encouraged to push more peaceful solutions
       


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on July 23, 2009, 12:20:11 am
      Racism?  He took that quote from my drugs stance, if you had actually read it.  I must be some Bible-thumping, minority-hating, reactionary, white southerner in your eyes huh?  The reason why "illegal" drugs are "illegal" is because of people's safety.  I think the safety of the American people is more important than making a few bucks off of Mary J.  But obviously other people don't share that thought.

      I assume you support the banning of tobacco, which is far more dangerous. I also assume you support prohibition.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: pogo stick on August 14, 2009, 01:47:12 pm
      Time to re-do this thing :

      Social Issues (Social Conservative)

      Abortion : Ban it 100% Ban it. Except in cases where mother's life is endangered
      Gay Rights : Ban Gay marriage, Legalize Gay adoption. Oh and No civil unions
      Illegal Immigration : Close borders,  make more border fences, deport illegals
      Guns : Legalize all guns, no restrictions
      Flag Burning : Ban it. It's not a constitutional right
      War on Drugs : Continue the war. Ban drugs.
      Smoking : Ban it. I see my dad suffer everyday smoking. Ban it.
      Death Penalty : Support it 100%
      Censorship : Support. A moral society, is a good society
      Prostitution : Ban it. Yea, sorry Las Vegas :p
      Affirmative Action : Oppose it
      Stem Cell Research : Oppose 100%
      Alcohol : Leave it legal. Leave drinking age at 21. But more regulations.
      Assisted-Suicide : No. Just f***ing no.
      Cloning : ^^^^^^^^^^^^

      Foreign Policy (Hawkish, Far-right)

      Israel : Support it's right to exist. Support $$$ Aid and Military Aid. Hate Palestinians
      Intervention : Support. I'm a internationalist 
      North Korea : End all "diplomacy" it's  obvious that war is the only option
      Iran : Support invading, and overthrowing Amandemajad.
      Iraq : Support the war. We did our job.
      PATRIOT Act : Support. National security > Privacy
      Defense Spending : Raise defense Spending.
      Military : Proud supporter of U.S Military.
      Torture : Support, only on terrorists
      War on Terror : Support


      Economic Policy (Center-right)

      Federal Spending : Oppose. Spending will double the the deficit
      Unions : Support. But we need to balance the labor  and corporate needs Strongly support, but don'tl et unions rule with iron fist
      Free Trade : Against Tariffs. against protectionism, but am nuetral over all on free trade Neutral
      Porkulus Package : Against it
      Pork Barrel Spending : Against this garbage 100%
      Gas : Support ANWAR and offshore Drilling.
      Environment : The U.S Economy is more important then the environment, no government regulations. Don't believe in the "Climate change" or Global Warming theories.
      Minimum Wage : Against raising it. It will hurt the economy in the long run. Also, I'd support a small raise  but anything over 9.00 dollars and you can forget about it
      Social Security : Privatize it, at least partially.
      Taxes : Against raising taxes on Anyone. Am against income tax, as it's unconstitutional. Support something that would make income taxes illegal or very low. Ban Gas, Estate, Inheritance taxes.
      Education : Support Vouchers. People have the right to pick their own schools!



      update time


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on August 14, 2009, 04:31:55 pm
      (I’m basing this on UK issues)

      Social Issues (Social Liberal, with a few notable exceptions)

      Abortion : Leave as it is.
      Gay Rights : Legalise gay marriage.
      Illegal Immigration : Throw them in gaol.
      Guns : Keep guns illegal.
      Flag Burning : Let them do it.
      War on Drugs : Legalise cannabis, keep everything else the same.
      Smoking : Leave it as it is.
      Death Penalty : Execute murderers, terrorists, spies
      Censorship :  End it, altogether. No more banned films, no more censoring swear words on radio.
      Prostitution : Legalise it, altogether.
      Affirmative Action : is reverse discrimination.
      Stem Cell Research : Support 100%
      Alcohol : Raise drinking age to 21
      Assisted-Suicide :  Yes, as long as they are of sound mind.
      Cloning : No.

      Foreign Policy (Isolationist, Commonwealth based)

      Israel : Support it with aid.
      Intervention : Oppose, quit NATO, the EU, and the WTO.
      North Korea : Refuse to speak to them until they disarm their nuclear weapons.
      Iran : As long as they wage nothing against Britain, leave them alone.
      Iraq : Leave.
      Defense Spending : Cut slightly.
      Military : Maintain at current levels.
      Torture : Oppose, in all cases.
      War on Terror : Support, reluctantly.


      Economic Policy (Austrian School)

      Government Spending : Oppose, completely.
      Unions :  Don’t guarantee the rights of strikers.
      Free Trade : Support, completely. No exceptions.
      Environment :  Fight pollution as much as possible, get rid of all these stupid climate change taxes. Global warming is not a threat.
      Minimum Wage : Against raising it.
      Social Security : Privatize it, at least partially.
      Taxes : Abolish inheritance, income, capital gains tax. Increase duties on alcohol, tobacco etc.
      Education : Support Vouchers.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Heinous on August 14, 2009, 07:56:01 pm
      Racism?  He took that quote from my drugs stance, if you had actually read it.  I must be some Bible-thumping, minority-hating, reactionary, white southerner in your eyes huh?  The reason why "illegal" drugs are "illegal" is because of people's safety.  I think the safety of the American people is more important than making a few bucks off of Mary J.  But obviously other people don't share that thought.
      ...and you know what stereotype caused pot to become illegal in 1937?

      We tried making alcohol illegal in 1919, but because it was mostly white Catholic immigrants who drank (Bavarians,Irsh,Poles,Italians), people quickly came to their senses.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on September 02, 2009, 01:57:11 am
      Abortion: Support legality for first trimester, beyond that is up to the states.
      Affirmative Action: Do not support in any way, shape, form, or color. Obviously discriminatory and leaves an impression that our government doesn't think minorities have the capacity to succeed on their own accomplishments.
      Alternative Energy: Support researching new fuel sources and technologies, expanding all means of production, and harnessing solar and wind power, nuclear, geothermal, etc. Kitchen sink approach.
      Death Penalty: Support for serious crimes with concrete evidence.
      Drug Legalization: Personally am not too concerned, leave it up to the states, but I don't think substances like meth, etc. should be allowed. Far too dangerous.
      Education: I have seen the worst (best?) of public schools. Support the construction of additional private schools and allowing parents to have easier access to private schools, regardless of any kind of religious affiliation. Support a charter system for failing schools. Oppose unionization of teachers. Easier access to college educations, vocational training, year-round schooling, advanced courses, reassessment of standardized testing procedures, etc. are all good methods.
      Environmental Issues: Protect biodiversity, reduce pollution, recycle resources (makes sense from a capitalistic viewpoint regardless), reduce waste, clean air, soil, and water, cleaner agricultural technology and reduce dependence on coal/oil. That's the plan.
      Euthanasia: Don't really see the big deal about it.
      Evolution vs. Intelligent Design: I see no intelligence supporting the idea of "intelligent design."
      Gay Marriage: Fine, but I honestly don't get why 14-20 year olds think this is the most important issue, ever, at all, in history.
      Global Warming: Shouldn't even be on this list. Period.
      Guns: Second Amendment is irrevocable.
      Health care: All measures must be taken to reform health care. Reduce costs through tort reform, purchases across state lines. MSAs should be created. There should be a basic public availability to necessary medical resources. Pre-existing conditions can not be a cause for rejection. Insurance companies will not go unregulated. Support the rights of pharmaceutical companies to create and profit from products so that America can continue to develop groundbreaking cures and vaccines.
      Illegal Immigration: What else to say? It's ILLEGAL. No ID card, driver's license, or schooling for their children. Background checks by employers before hiring mandated (good business practice, regardless).
      PATRIOT Act: Needs repealed or modified to prevent this level of government intrusion.
      Stem Cell Research: An opportunity to save more lives. Definitely a positive.
      Spending/Debt: Out of control, needs reigned in. We need to work toward a balanced budget. Continuing to incur massive debt will cause the dollar to devalue seriously out of control.
      Taxes: Even out the tax burden. Make taxes that don't disproportionately affect certain groups.
      Trade: Needs reworked to make sure that we don't take advantage of poorer countries labor, at the expensive of losing our own jobs, all to the benefit of large multinational corporations that don't have the everyday struggle working Americans do. "Free" trade isn't free and it definitely isn't fair.
      War: We don't need to blow up entire nations just because of a disagreement. Unless there is a serious threat to liberty and our nation/allies, we have other methods of diplomacy.
      Welfare: Is not a job. Permanent existence on welfare should only be for the disabled. Limits and restrictions should be placed, along with drug testing.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ○∙◄☻¥tπ[╪AV┼cVê└ on September 02, 2009, 02:19:59 am
      Abortion: Between a woman and her doctor

      Affirmative Action: Oppose

      Alternative Energy:  Increase research funding

      Death Penalty: Oppose

      Drug Legalization:  Weakly support

      Education: More funding, less teaching to the test. Make it easier to fire bad teachers.

      Environmental Issues: Increase protection, research technology that will help the environment. Encourage research for naturally occurring medical drugs.

      Euthanasia: Support
      .
      Evolution vs. Intelligent Design: Evolution

      Gay Marriage: Support

      Global Warming: We are certainly in a period of climate change, chiefly from human activity

      Guns: Gun control is useful in places like Oakland

      Health care: Public option to increase competition and bring costs down.

      Illegal Immigration: Crack down on employers

      PATRIOT Act: Oppose

      Stem Cell Research: Support

      Spending/Debt: Raise taxes, cut defense, but obviously deficit spending will continute.

      Taxes: Raise taxes on the rich

      Trade: If the environment and labor is protected fine, otherwise increased protectionism.

      War: Oppose

      Welfare: We are in an era of limits. People should contribute to society.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: bullmoose88 on September 02, 2009, 02:29:47 am
      Holy sh**t, I mean, I disagree with some of what he put down, but Jfern's outline looks pretty damn reasonable.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on September 02, 2009, 02:30:30 am
      Trade: Needs reworked to make sure that we don't take advantage of poorer countries labor, at the expensive of losing our own jobs, all to the benefit of large multinational corporations that don't have the everyday struggle working Americans do. "Free" trade isn't free and it definitely isn't fair.

      You know what's even more unfair? Backwardass Protectionist policies. If we had stayed with the old "Support America businesses" bullsh*t the old GOP wanked off to constantly we would probably be driving heavy ass Chevys. Don't give me that working man vs. multinational corporation crap either, there are many American corporations who would be orgasmic at the thought of the government punishing the hell out of foreign competition for their benefit and they would still screw over their workers. Why is it then that since America started making liberal trade relations with other nations that the overall standard of living kicks the hell out of what it was back in the good ole days when corporations could squash unions relentlessly without reproach? I find it very ironic how you view welfare as a handout yet can't see protectionism as the exact same thing. Maybe if American workers were more productive they wouldn't see their jobs going to China or Thailand, but no we have to let the great benefactorial government make up for the fact that Billy Bob was too much of a lazyass fratboy partier in college to keep his GPA above a 2.3 while his Chinese friend Tan was at the top of all of his classes! Maybe if Americans got off their own asses and competed with foreign labor, instead of asking the government to play daddy and break up the fight, they could get honest results without downgrading our own foreign relations and further destroying any hope for world peace. If you don't want American labor to become more productive, continue supporting backwardass protectionism. It is only by letting American labor face the realities of a global economy that they can become more productive, not by having Big Brother show up to fight their fights for them.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on September 02, 2009, 02:30:44 am
      Holy sh**t, I mean, I disagree with some of what he put down, but Jfern's outline looks pretty damn reasonable.

      Mine didn't? :( ...


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on September 02, 2009, 02:34:46 am
      Trade: Needs reworked to make sure that we don't take advantage of poorer countries labor, at the expensive of losing our own jobs, all to the benefit of large multinational corporations that don't have the everyday struggle working Americans do. "Free" trade isn't free and it definitely isn't fair.

      You know what's even more unfair? Backwardass Protectionist policies. If we had stayed with the old "Support America businesses" bullsh*t the old GOP wanked off to constantly we would probably be driving heavy ass Chevys. Don't give me that working man vs. multinational corporation crap either, there are many American corporations who would be orgasmic at the thought of the government punishing the hell out of foreign competition for their benefit and they would still screw over their workers. Why is it then that since America started making liberal trade relations with other nations that the overall standard of living kicks the hell out of what it was back in the good ole days when corporations could squash unions relentlessly without reproach? I find it very ironic how you view welfare as a handout yet can't see protectionism as the exact same thing. Maybe if American workers were more productive they wouldn't see their jobs going to China or Thailand, but no we have to let the great benefactorial government make up for the fact that Billy Bob was too much of a lazyass fratboy partier in college to keep his GPA above a 2.3 while his Chinese friend Tan was at the top of all of his classes! Maybe if Americans got off their own asses and competed with foreign labor, instead of asking the government to play daddy and break up the fight, they could get honest results without downgrading our own foreign relations and further destroying any hope for world peace. If you don't want American labor to become more productive, continue supporting backwardass protectionism. It is only by letting American labor face the realities of a global economy that they can become more productive, not by having Big Brother show up to fight their fights for them.

      The unions YOU SUPPORT make any kind of labor competitiveness impossible. If a job can be done by someone in Mexico at the same rate as in America, it will be done in Mexico- much more efficient and profitable for companies. So basically you support Americans having a standard living wage, but other nations being sh**tcanned. Well, if you really support the benefit of few at the expense of many... You might as well find a home in 1950s era Soviet Union.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: fezzyfestoon on September 02, 2009, 02:56:02 am
      Holy sh**t, I mean, I disagree with some of what he put down, but Jfern's outline looks pretty damn reasonable.

      It's a shame he spends literally all his time making snide comments about Republicans rather than contributing.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on September 02, 2009, 03:02:24 am
      Trade: Needs reworked to make sure that we don't take advantage of poorer countries labor, at the expensive of losing our own jobs, all to the benefit of large multinational corporations that don't have the everyday struggle working Americans do. "Free" trade isn't free and it definitely isn't fair.

      You know what's even more unfair? Backwardass Protectionist policies. If we had stayed with the old "Support America businesses" bullsh*t the old GOP wanked off to constantly we would probably be driving heavy ass Chevys. Don't give me that working man vs. multinational corporation crap either, there are many American corporations who would be orgasmic at the thought of the government punishing the hell out of foreign competition for their benefit and they would still screw over their workers. Why is it then that since America started making liberal trade relations with other nations that the overall standard of living kicks the hell out of what it was back in the good ole days when corporations could squash unions relentlessly without reproach? I find it very ironic how you view welfare as a handout yet can't see protectionism as the exact same thing. Maybe if American workers were more productive they wouldn't see their jobs going to China or Thailand, but no we have to let the great benefactorial government make up for the fact that Billy Bob was too much of a lazyass fratboy partier in college to keep his GPA above a 2.3 while his Chinese friend Tan was at the top of all of his classes! Maybe if Americans got off their own asses and competed with foreign labor, instead of asking the government to play daddy and break up the fight, they could get honest results without downgrading our own foreign relations and further destroying any hope for world peace. If you don't want American labor to become more productive, continue supporting backwardass protectionism. It is only by letting American labor face the realities of a global economy that they can become more productive, not by having Big Brother show up to fight their fights for them.

      The unions YOU SUPPORT make any kind of labor competitiveness impossible. If a job can be done by someone in Mexico at the same rate as in America, it will be done in Mexico- much more efficient and profitable for companies. So basically you support Americans having a standard living wage, but other nations being sh**tcanned. Well, if you really support the benefit of few at the expense of many... You might as well find a home in 1950s era Soviet Union.

      I don't actively support unions, I just don't believe corporations should have full authority to squash them. Also, compared to what those workers in poorer nations were facing before their evil evil American international business job, I say they would take a sweatshop job over say living life as a poor villager with little contact to the outside world. Not that that is justified, but their standard of living is higher than it was in the past. We can not expect for them to get better if we revert to the past, doing so would only discourage foreign workers from seeking jobs in American companies due to the reactionary trade policies their own country would enforce against American companies. Instead of having to work in a sweatshop with a "pathetic" wage, alot of those workers would get fired and released back into their way more sufferable lives before having that American job. Protectionism isn't just one sided: if we enact protectionist policies other countries would retaliate against American products and businesses. Jobs would be lost and our overall trade benefit would go down. Less money would go into the US due to other nation buying less of our stuff.
      If you are suggesting that the US base it's trade policies on working conditions, then yes I could possibly see the light on that. If you are arguing that free trade is all evil and no good and protecitonism is great, I respectfully disagree.

      I bolded that last part to emphasize that my opinion of you hasn't lessened, just that I disagree strongly. I bet most people on here I strongly disagree with on at least a few issues.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on September 02, 2009, 03:06:40 am
      Trade: Needs reworked to make sure that we don't take advantage of poorer countries labor, at the expensive of losing our own jobs, all to the benefit of large multinational corporations that don't have the everyday struggle working Americans do. "Free" trade isn't free and it definitely isn't fair.

      You know what's even more unfair? Backwardass Protectionist policies. If we had stayed with the old "Support America businesses" bullsh*t the old GOP wanked off to constantly we would probably be driving heavy ass Chevys. Don't give me that working man vs. multinational corporation crap either, there are many American corporations who would be orgasmic at the thought of the government punishing the hell out of foreign competition for their benefit and they would still screw over their workers. Why is it then that since America started making liberal trade relations with other nations that the overall standard of living kicks the hell out of what it was back in the good ole days when corporations could squash unions relentlessly without reproach? I find it very ironic how you view welfare as a handout yet can't see protectionism as the exact same thing. Maybe if American workers were more productive they wouldn't see their jobs going to China or Thailand, but no we have to let the great benefactorial government make up for the fact that Billy Bob was too much of a lazyass fratboy partier in college to keep his GPA above a 2.3 while his Chinese friend Tan was at the top of all of his classes! Maybe if Americans got off their own asses and competed with foreign labor, instead of asking the government to play daddy and break up the fight, they could get honest results without downgrading our own foreign relations and further destroying any hope for world peace. If you don't want American labor to become more productive, continue supporting backwardass protectionism. It is only by letting American labor face the realities of a global economy that they can become more productive, not by having Big Brother show up to fight their fights for them.

      The unions YOU SUPPORT make any kind of labor competitiveness impossible. If a job can be done by someone in Mexico at the same rate as in America, it will be done in Mexico- much more efficient and profitable for companies. So basically you support Americans having a standard living wage, but other nations being sh**tcanned. Well, if you really support the benefit of few at the expense of many... You might as well find a home in 1950s era Soviet Union.

      I don't actively support unions, I just don't believe corporations should have full authority to squash them. Also, compared to what those workers in poorer nations were facing before their evil evil American international business job, I say they would take a sweatshop job over say living life as a poor villager with little contact to the outside world. Not that that is justified, but their standard of living is higher than it was in the past. We can not expect for them to get better if we revert to the past, doing so would only discourage foreign workers from seeking jobs in American companies due to the reactionary trade policies their own country would enforce against American companies. Instead of having to work in a sweatshop with a "pathetic" wage, alot of those workers would get fired and released back into their way more sufferable lives before having that American job. Protectionism isn't just one sided: if we enact protectionist policies other countries would retaliate against American products and businesses. Jobs would be lost and our overall trade benefit would go down. Less money would go into the US due to other nation buying less of our stuff.
      If you are suggesting that the US base it's trade policies on working conditions, then yes I could possibly see the light on that. If you are arguing that free trade is all evil and no good and protecitonism is great, I respectfully disagree.

      It is no surprise that the biggest supporters of "free" trade have also been the most heinous figures in American history- from Southern slaveowners to bastard businessmen, free trade has been their cause. But free trade policies don't help American workers- free trade policies don't help other countries' workers- they enslave them or create unemployment en masse. If all workers were paid the same comparative wage, with the same protections and benefits and regulations, etc. Free trade would work fine. But we don't live in that perfect world, therefore, we must adjust our policies to those which are beneficial to the nation as whole, and fair to those who are voiceless. Free trade is NOT a means of preventing war or creating peace.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on September 02, 2009, 03:24:01 am
      Trade: Needs reworked to make sure that we don't take advantage of poorer countries labor, at the expensive of losing our own jobs, all to the benefit of large multinational corporations that don't have the everyday struggle working Americans do. "Free" trade isn't free and it definitely isn't fair.

      You know what's even more unfair? Backwardass Protectionist policies. If we had stayed with the old "Support America businesses" bullsh*t the old GOP wanked off to constantly we would probably be driving heavy ass Chevys. Don't give me that working man vs. multinational corporation crap either, there are many American corporations who would be orgasmic at the thought of the government punishing the hell out of foreign competition for their benefit and they would still screw over their workers. Why is it then that since America started making liberal trade relations with other nations that the overall standard of living kicks the hell out of what it was back in the good ole days when corporations could squash unions relentlessly without reproach? I find it very ironic how you view welfare as a handout yet can't see protectionism as the exact same thing. Maybe if American workers were more productive they wouldn't see their jobs going to China or Thailand, but no we have to let the great benefactorial government make up for the fact that Billy Bob was too much of a lazyass fratboy partier in college to keep his GPA above a 2.3 while his Chinese friend Tan was at the top of all of his classes! Maybe if Americans got off their own asses and competed with foreign labor, instead of asking the government to play daddy and break up the fight, they could get honest results without downgrading our own foreign relations and further destroying any hope for world peace. If you don't want American labor to become more productive, continue supporting backwardass protectionism. It is only by letting American labor face the realities of a global economy that they can become more productive, not by having Big Brother show up to fight their fights for them.

      The unions YOU SUPPORT make any kind of labor competitiveness impossible. If a job can be done by someone in Mexico at the same rate as in America, it will be done in Mexico- much more efficient and profitable for companies. So basically you support Americans having a standard living wage, but other nations being sh**tcanned. Well, if you really support the benefit of few at the expense of many... You might as well find a home in 1950s era Soviet Union.

      I don't actively support unions, I just don't believe corporations should have full authority to squash them. Also, compared to what those workers in poorer nations were facing before their evil evil American international business job, I say they would take a sweatshop job over say living life as a poor villager with little contact to the outside world. Not that that is justified, but their standard of living is higher than it was in the past. We can not expect for them to get better if we revert to the past, doing so would only discourage foreign workers from seeking jobs in American companies due to the reactionary trade policies their own country would enforce against American companies. Instead of having to work in a sweatshop with a "pathetic" wage, alot of those workers would get fired and released back into their way more sufferable lives before having that American job. Protectionism isn't just one sided: if we enact protectionist policies other countries would retaliate against American products and businesses. Jobs would be lost and our overall trade benefit would go down. Less money would go into the US due to other nation buying less of our stuff.
      If you are suggesting that the US base it's trade policies on working conditions, then yes I could possibly see the light on that. If you are arguing that free trade is all evil and no good and protecitonism is great, I respectfully disagree.

      It is no surprise that the biggest supporters of "free" trade have also been the most heinous figures in American history- from Southern slaveowners to bastard businessmen, free trade has been their cause. But free trade policies don't help American workers- free trade policies don't help other countries' workers- they enslave them or create unemployment en masse. If all workers were paid the same comparative wage, with the same protections and benefits and regulations, etc. Free trade would work fine. But we don't live in that perfect world, therefore, we must adjust our policies to those which are beneficial to the nation as whole, and fair to those who are voiceless. Free trade is NOT a means of preventing war or creating peace.

      Yes and in a perfect world Protectionism (at least the kind your hero Hamilton subscribed to) would work. Nowdays such a policy would only discourage friendly trade relations between us and other nations and the US would end up relying total on self-sufficiency to create products. Sure the laborers may still have their jobs (at least in this country) but it wouldn't change the fact that the amount of resource used would be far greater and use up alot more of American land (thus creating environmental degradation) than the other choice. Also, due to lack of competition from foreign markets there would be less incentive for society to technologically advance and we would still have 500 lb refrigerators and 5000 lb Ford Fairlanes.

      There are downsides to everything. Right now it seems like a mixed trade policy would work best, if only until other nations develop reasonable worker rights.
      Believe me, I've already taken two courses over Economics. I don't say alot of this just out of personal bias.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: bullmoose88 on September 02, 2009, 04:38:09 pm
      Holy sh**t, I mean, I disagree with some of what he put down, but Jfern's outline looks pretty damn reasonable.

      It's a shame he spends literally all his time making snide comments about Republicans rather than contributing.

      He's gotten better I think.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Scam of God on September 12, 2009, 12:45:53 am
      ^ I like you. We need more Republicans like you.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Earth on September 12, 2009, 01:22:23 am
      Just for shits and giggles, so I can see how I've changed over the last year or so.

      Abortion: Support fully.
      Separation of church and state: Also support fully. We need much more, to be honest.
      Education: More decentralization, support ending federal involvement in curriculum.
      Environmental Issues: Support increased protection, and support more land to be covered as federally protected.
      Affirmative action: Would support if income based, not race.
      Gun control: I oppose increasing gun control. Would like to see an armed, educated populace.
      Death penalty: Vehemently against.
      Flag burning: Support.
      Euthanasia: On demand, like Comcast.
      Prostitution: Also on demand. Just a service like any other. Support brothels, and streetwalking. Support unionization (wishful thinking).
      Immigration: Support open borders. Support illegal immigration. Support amnesty.
      Gay Rights: In favor of gay marriage, and adoption rights.
      Drugs and Alcohol: Support complete, and total legalization. Support legalizing private production, also. Do not support government mandated 'potency' levels.
      Censorship: Extremely oppose. In favor of reducing FCC controls over content.
      Gambling: Support fully.
      Language: No national language. No requirements.
      Health care: Support a universal system.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support fully.
      Warrantless Wiretapping: Disgusting.
      Unions: Support but with reform. Support decentralization, and power given back to members. Propose an anarcho-syndicalist like transformation.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Increase taxes on the rich.
      Trade: Oppose free trade. Support protectionism.
      Welfare: Support.
      Regulations: Support increase.
      Space Program: Support, but not a priority. Mars can wait. Neither of us are going anywhere.
      Energy Policy: Support a concerted effort to develop alternate energy production, outside of nuclear. Hell, gimme my anti-gravity device, already.

      Foreign Policy

      War: Vehemently oppose in almost all circumstances.
      United Nations: Generally oppose. A useless insult.
      Israel: Support economic boycott, sanctions, and educational boycotts.
      Foreign aid: Support without 'fine line' demands.
      Iraq: Leave immediately.
      Iran: Leave them be.
      North Korea: Same as above. Support negotiations to release political prisoners, possibly taking them in as refugees, and whoever else would wish to emigrate.   
      China: Reduce trade, open immigration further. 


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: specific_name on September 12, 2009, 02:47:35 am
      I'll update mine because I'm following Earth around now apparently.  I introduced him to the atlas (sorry guise) and now I feel the need to return the favor...or something else nonsensical.

      Abortion: Support fully
      Separation of church and state: Support fully
      Education: I'm fine with state education. Do not support state post-2ndary education.
      Environmental Issues: Pro-regulation, within reasonable limits.
      Affirmative action: Strongly against, it's racism
      Gun control: Strongly opposed and armed.
      Death penalty: Support, with strong dna proof as a necessity for the sentence to be carried out. Support for 1st degree murder and extension to forcible rape in similar cases.
      Flag burning: I don't care.
      Euthanasia: Strongly support. The individual ought to exercise power over their own life.
      Prostitution: Support, tax.
      Immigration: Against illegal immigration. The states need the ability to deport more easier, especially repeat criminals. No illegal should be living off a single tax dollar. Come here legally or get out.
      Gay Rights: No special rights.
      Drugs and Alcohol: Full legalization and taxation. States should have power to enforce ordinances without fraternization of federal govt.
      Censorship: No
      Gambling: Legal and regulated.
      Language: status quo
      Health care: no state health care
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: support some state funding
      Warrantless Wiretapping: oppose
      Unions: support

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: lower whenever possible
      Trade: low regulations. anti-protectionist.
      Welfare: unless truly disabled, you should be working.
      Regulations: few
      Space Program: private or not at all
      Energy Policy: shotgun: nuclear, fossil fuel, alt energy, anything else. break dependency on Saudi's and others.

      Foreign Policy

      War: rarely if ever support, if only to maintain status quo
      United Nations: oppose
      Israel: Palestine
      Foreign aid: none unless it is in direct interest of US
      Iraq: get out
      Iran: don't bother
      North Korea: ""
      China: personally I'd like to see China circle down the toilet, but there's nothing we can do about that for now
      Russia: just play along for now


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on September 12, 2009, 06:33:05 am
      ^ I like you. We need more Republicans like you.

      Totally agreed. NiK is a great poster.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Psychic Octopus on September 12, 2009, 05:08:30 pm
      Civil Liberties:

      Constitutional Ban on Flag Desecration: Do not support. If someone wants to burn the American flag, who is the US government to stop them?

      Assault Weapons Ban: Neutral, I believe that someone should be able to own a firearm, but it should be regulated using background checks.

      Legalization of Drugs: Support, tax and regulate narcotic trafficking. End the war on drugs, but discourage students from using drugs.

      Mandatory Pledge of Allegiance: Support, for cultural reasons. I think all students from K-12 should learn and recite the Pledge of Allegiance once a day in class. If a parent does not want this for their child, they may request not to have their child participate.

      Warrantless Wiretapping: An attack on our freedom and liberty. I oppose wholeheartedly.

      Legalized Abortion: Support a woman's right to choose, It's between a woman and her doctor.

      Courts and Legal Systems:

      Capital Punishment: Do not support. "An eye for an eye" was an evil code. Plus it cost more to have them dead then alive, so incarceration is better.

      Expanding the Prosecutable List of Hate Crimes: Why not? As long as a hate crime isn't defined as speaking out against some one, (i.e. Mormons vs. Gays) i'm fine with expanding coverage.

      Domestic Policy:

      Citizenship for illegal immigrants and the border fence: I do not to adovcate sending them back for risking their life to come here in search of opportunity. That would be cruel. I support ccitizenship. I'd encourage a one-language policy, by teaching immigrants and illegal immigrants how to speak English. I do however, support the border fence, because I think that we need it for protection against terrorism, the drug cartels and population stability.

      Outsourcing and Manufacturing: Depends, I am not very clear on the issue. I support businesses that want to grow and thrive with free trade, but I want to protect American workers. I want the USA to start manufacturing more, I'm sick of seeing "Made in China."

      Affirmative Action: State-sponsored Racism. Oppose.

      Cloning: No. Just No. "You don't mess with mother nature." -70s Era Birth Control Ad.

      Prostitution: Leave it up to the states, if legalized, tax it.

      Seperation of Church and State: Strongly support.

      Assisted Suicide: Oppose

      Gay Marriage: I support civil unions, but not Gay Marriage. I grew up around a family with gay friends, and they are great people.

      Gambling legalization: Support, and heavily tax this business. If people want to throw away their money, who are we to stop them?

      Economic Policy:

      Free Trade: Support in most cases, especially with our allies. It's good for commerce and trade. However I do oppose it in some cases, and I do not think we should rush into Neoliberal heaven and a global state. It will happen when it happens.

      Minimum Wage: Depends on the economic situation.

      Government Spending and the Deficit: After the War in Afghanistan is over, cut military spending by 5%-10%, and focus more on new sciences and infrastructure. I'd recommend a project that is a completed bullet train running all across the country. Cut spending in other departments, as well. Pay back China, although I don't think we will ever be able to pay them back completely as I believe they will collapse and decentralize.

      Taxes: I support lower taxes.

      Social Security Reform: Privatize.

      Space Program: I support President Bush's plan to land on Mars in the 2030s, and although President Obama will scale back the return to the Moon five years, I do not mind much.

      Environment: Support Green technology and getting the USA off foreign oil.

      Foreign Policy:

      Iran: Sanctions, due whatever it takes to stop them from getting nuclear weapons. If they attack Israel, attack Iran. If Israel attacks first, let the Israelis deal with it and don't get involved. A theocracy with nuclear weapons: not safe.

      Israel/Palestine: Support two-state solution.

      North Korea: Strike a deal to allow them to keep their nuclear weapons, as long as they do not start lobbing it over South Korea and the Japan. Avoid antagonizing them. Eventually it will unite with South Korea, and the communist state will collapse.

      United Nations: An awful organization, needs reforms, but do not leave.










      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Amotue on September 20, 2009, 05:01:13 pm
      Ok here we go, all answers are for Canada

      Drugs:

      Pot made legal.  But on thes condishons 1: Special Tax, make that alown prophitable for Ottawa.  2: You need a licance to grow (or selling) it, that involves a test (witch you pay for) and a $300 fee.  3:  If you are cought selling or growing with out a licance thats a $1,000 fee and possible jail time.  Everything else illegal, but detox centers funded by the government should be set up.


      Prostitution:

      Make it leage, make it clean.  That fixes alot of things alown.  Keep the govenrment involved to make sure there is NO abuse at all.


      Abortion:

      Personly I dont like it.  BUT I am pro choce.  People have the rights to decied what to do with thier own bodies and such.


      Gay Marriage:

      Its legal... it should be legal.  If two people love one another why not let them marry?


      Currency:

      Money is pretty much out dated with the creation of Debit Cards.  Some money (paper and coins) should always be kept in cerculation but have most but onto cards.  Its simpler that way.


      Central Banks:

      A Central Bank works as a good anchor for other banks.  But I dont like the idea of just having one bank.


      Welfare:

      Really!  Welfare should exist but be more like Unemployment Insurance.  IF you can work you should be lookng for work.  If you can and your not looking for work you dont get help.  If you cant work then the government helps all they can.  I hate people that are lazy and just mooch and get thier way in life payed for free and they just sit back and drink all day and night never lifting a ing finger.  (sorry....)


      Taxation:

      Simply, the more you make the more you pay.


      NATO:

      Pull out.  Small alliances would be better.


      UN:

      Is now completely useless.  We need to reform it or just go back to nations deailg with one another normally.


      NAFTA:

      Second we have the chance to leave do so.  Free trade is hurting us.  America gives us a hard time about our soft wood lumber... sell it to China and India who want it.


      The British Commonwealth & La Francophonie:

      A statement to Canadian history and heritage.  Good system of friends and allies.  Build off of that (for now) for a stronger Canada.


      Native Policy:

      All extra rights removed.  Make them the same as the rest of Canada.  Its raciest to treat people differently do to their heritage or race, NOT racism is treating every one same.


      Government:

      Democracy is good.  But I still like a more centrally biased and organized government.


      Education:

      Have a stronger stance on Canadian History.  And you can not graduate without speaking both English and French.  You cant get payed more then 8.50 unless you pass gr. 12.  gr. 13 should be a year of boot camp.  So people will know how to defend themselves, and help create a more unified nation.




      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Hash on September 21, 2009, 08:01:44 pm
      Social and Institutional Issues

      Ideology: Social liberal or soft social libertarian

      Abortion: I'm obviously pro-choice, but it's a decision to be made by a woman and only by her. The government has no business telling her what she has to do with her body and so forth. However, I support a kind of 'education' campaign saying that abortion is a tough decision to make, and that it isn't a everyday normal thing to do for fun.
      Death Penalty: I support it for the most heinous crimes such as high treason in wartime, recidivist rapists and serial murderers.
      School prayer: Strongly oppose. The public school is a secular institution.
      Separation of church and state: Strongly, strongly, very strongly support. Religion has no role in the state, and vice-versa. The state has no business funding private religious schools.
      Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: Strongly support
      Gay Marriage: I support gay marriage. People who love each other, regardless of their sex, have the right to get married.
      Euthanasia: Strongly support if patient is of sound mind.
      Prostitution: I support legalization, if only because it would be easier for prostitutes to find and seek help if needed.
      Gun Control: I support tougher gun control to prevent former criminals and the like from getting access guns. I oppose a gun registry due to exorbitant costs attached to such a program.
      Drug War & Marijuana: Legalize medical marijuana and other soft drugs that can be used for medical purposes. That's it.
      Institutional Reform (France and/or Canada): I support further de-centralization in France, as well as the direct election of Senators and the introduction of MMP for elections to the National Assembly. Reform electoral systems for local, regional and European elections. In Canada, I support either an elected Senate or abolishing it pure and simple. I support MMP or PR in elections to the House.

      Economic and Domestic Policies

      Ideology: Centrist

      Illegal Immigration: I support a path to citizenship, or regularization of status, if said immigrant has learned English, found a job, and has no past criminal record (murders, robberies and the like) in his country.
      Welfare: I support welfare, but people should be encouraged to actively search for jobs and welfare should be reformed to be made more efficient.
      Education: I strongly support public education.
      Taxes: The state should lower taxes on the lower classes when it can afford it.
      Minimum Wage: I support increasing it and providing a tax credit for small businesses who find it economically tough to cope with a high minimum wage.
      Energy Independence and the Environment: I oppose the use of ethanol fuel, but I support extensive research immediately in renewable energies. Kyoto has proven generally useless, but I favour global concerted efforts against global warming, which is a major problem and must be addressed seriously. I favour expanding public transit.
      Healthcare: I strongly support universal health-care.
      Unions: They may serve a purpose, but their powers need to be curtailed and their internal structures need democratization and de-centralization.
      Trade: I support free and fair trade with nations that respect solid labour rights and environmental legislation.
      Regulations: I support regulations on financial institutions to prevent abuse as we have seen in this era.
      Affirmative Action: I opposed race-based AA, though I might support it if based more on incomes.
      (35-hour workweek: The length of the workweek is the decision of each business. I support repealing the law.)

      Foreign Policy

      Ideology: Centrist

      Iraq: I support the phased withdrawal of American troops, once and for all.
      Afghanistan: I support Canada's commitment to Afghanistan until 2011, but would favour a phase-out of troops by mid-2010. As attractive as pulling out might look to some, it would throw the whole region down the sh**tter and you would encourage massive geopolitical problems in the region.
      United Nations: I support the UN as an institution, but I disagree with the current structure and I favour a major overhaul.
      Iran: I support imposing sanctions on Iran.
      North Korea: I support the current sanctions. Welcome refugees.



      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on September 21, 2009, 08:12:35 pm
      Centrist isn't a viable option for foreign policy, hash


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Psychic Octopus on September 21, 2009, 08:15:10 pm
      Excellent views on some things, hash. Why did I always consider you a leftist?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Hash on September 21, 2009, 08:15:35 pm
      Centrist isn't a viable option for foreign policy, hash

      Then find a word to describe somebody who isn't an isolationist nor an interventionist.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RIP Robert H Bork on September 21, 2009, 08:22:21 pm
      Social and Institutional Issues

      Ideology: Social liberal or soft social libertarian

      Abortion: I'm obviously pro-choice, but it's a decision to be made by a woman and only by her. The government has no business telling her what she has to do with her body and so forth. However, I support a kind of 'education' campaign saying that abortion is a tough decision to make, and that it isn't a everyday normal thing to do for fun.
      Death Penalty: I support it for the most heinous crimes such as high treason in wartime, recidivist rapists and serial murderers.
      School prayer: Strongly oppose. The public school is a secular institution.
      Separation of church and state: Strongly, strongly, very strongly support. Religion has no role in the state, and vice-versa. The state has no business funding private religious schools.
      Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: Strongly support
      Gay Marriage: I support gay marriage. People who love each other, regardless of their sex, have the right to get married.
      Euthanasia: Strongly support if patient is of sound mind.
      Prostitution: I support legalization, if only because it would be easier for prostitutes to find and seek help if needed.
      Gun Control: I support tougher gun control to prevent former criminals and the like from getting access guns. I oppose a gun registry due to exorbitant costs attached to such a program.
      Drug War & Marijuana: Legalize medical marijuana and other soft drugs that can be used for medical purposes. That's it.
      Institutional Reform (France and/or Canada): I support further de-centralization in France, as well as the direct election of Senators and the introduction of MMP for elections to the National Assembly. Reform electoral systems for local, regional and European elections. In Canada, I support either an elected Senate or abolishing it pure and simple. I support MMP or PR in elections to the House.

      Based on these positions I am surprised that your social political matrix score is not any lower than it is.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on September 21, 2009, 08:22:49 pm
      Better descriptions for your foreign policy would be liberal pragmatist or soft interventionist or non-perfectionist


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on September 22, 2009, 06:56:10 pm
      Centrist isn't a viable option for foreign policy, hash

      Then find a word to describe somebody who isn't an isolationist nor an interventionist.

      Internationalist?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Psychic Octopus on September 22, 2009, 07:24:31 pm
      Centrist isn't a viable option for foreign policy, hash

      Then find a word to describe somebody who isn't an isolationist nor an interventionist.

      Internationalist?

      Perhaps Sepratistism? Do you support an active role in foriegn affairs, but no military alliances?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on September 22, 2009, 07:25:05 pm
      It's called non-perfectionist


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RI on September 22, 2009, 09:21:54 pm
      I've changed some of my views in the past few months, especially with my ongoing conversion to Catholicism.

      Social Issues

      General philosophy: Moderate

      Abortion: Oppose after first few weeks, except when the mother's life is threatened. However, banning abortion must not be our top priority. Increase funding and availability of contraception, though not abortifacients. Increase access to adoption and maternal leave.
      Separation of church and state: Very important for both parties.
      Gay Marriage: Absolutely support, though I would prefer if the government wasn't shouldn't be in the marriage business in the first place. Leave marriage up to the churches. Let the government issue civil unions to everyone who wants one.
      Affirmative Action: Oppose. Race should not be a factor in anything. Strongly oppose quotas.
      Age of Consent: Oppose for sex. I support bracket laws of two years if under 18.
      Gun rights: Generally support. Background checks are ok. Violent felons and mentally diminished people should not have guns. No ban on assault weapons.
      Death Penalty: Strongly oppose, unless there is no way to keep the prisoner from continuing the kill.
      Censorship: Strongly oppose in all cases.
      Flag burning: Support. A ban would be an encroachment on the first amendment.
      Smoking: Keep legal, but keep out of public places except those specifically made for such.
      Alcohol consumption: Keep legal, but keep out of public places except those specifically made for such.
      Euthanasia: Support. The only person who should decide when it is their time to die is themself. Assisted suicide should be legal, but only allowed in situations when the condition is such that pain drugs are completely ineffective.
      Drugs: Legalize, tax, regulate, keep out of public places except those specifically made for such.
      Gambling: Support. If you want to lose your money, that is your problem.
      Prostitution: Support. Legalize, tax, regulate, keep out of public places except those specifically made for such.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Support. Especially only for those embryos that would otherwise be discarded.
      Immigration: Support. Anyone who wants to come to America should be able to. Make the process easier.
      Illegal Immigration: Provide a path to citizenship for those already here. Enforce current border laws better.

      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: Moderate on trade, fiscally leftist

      Taxes: Support progressive taxation. By living in this country, you implicitly agree to pay to keep this country running. If you don't like it, leave.
      Employers and Employees: No protection for those who strike. If you go on strike, you do so at your own risk.
      Free trade: Generally support.
      Spending: Support, but with much more emphasis on transparency, accountability, efficiency, and routing out wasteful spending. No long term debt.
      Social Security: Remove the cap. Allow those who want to risk it to move their ss to the stock market. No safety net for those who do.
      Space Program: Strongly support. If we had the money, I'd say build a space elevator and terraform Mars. Maybe Venus and the Moon too. Alas. :(
      Welfare: Do not fund those who can work but choose not to. Limit to two years. Focus on getting them back to work.
      Healthcare: Strongly support some sort of universal system a public option. Regulate insurance companies heavily. Insurance companies are BS.
      Education: Increase funding for public school system, which should be our first focus. Allow limited vouchers. Put stronger regulations on homeschooling.
      Minimum Wage: Support and raise.
      Regulation: I support environmental, health, and worker regulations. We also must have some sort of oversight of banks and the stock market, but not control of.
      Infrastructure: Support increased spending, but also increase efficiency and reduce waste.
      Energy Policy: Move to alternative energy as soon as possible, including nuclear. However, the emphasis should be on wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal, convection, and others. Also focus on fuel cell vehicles. No off-shore drilling.
      Environment: We must protect the environment. Without it, we could not live. Support conservation efforts.


      Foreign Issues

      General Philosophy: Internationalist/Pacifist

      Democracy and Trade: Trade is good.
      United Nations: Support.
      Iraq: Oppose. Get out as soon as possible.
      Israel: Neutral.
      Patriot Act: Strongly oppose. Repeal now.
      Torture: Oppose.
      Military Involvement: None unless directly attacked. Slash military spending. For humanitarian crises, work through the UN.
      North American Union: Support if like EU. Countries should one day cease to exist. They are artificial boundaries that have come to separate more than just land. We are one species, and one day we must come together as one if we are to survive.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Free Palestine on September 26, 2009, 03:10:40 pm
      National Issues

      I believe that the federal government should be smaller, and in-line with the Constitution.  Important social issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage should be left to the states, as should other things like education.  We should bring the quarter-million troops stationed overseas home, reduce the defense budget, protect our borders, and most of all, stop being the police of the world.

      In addition, the president's power should be reduced.  He (or she) should no longer have unilateral power, and the status of a national preacher and messiah.  The 17th and 22nd Amendments should be repealed, also.

      Social Issues

      Abortion
      I am pro-choice, but I oppose partial-birth abortion.

      Same-Sex Marriage
      Support, but I would like it if all marriages, gay and straight, were legally "civil unions."

      Affirmative Action
      Oppose.

      Prostitution
      Make it safe and legal through regulation by the state.

      Drugs
      Make marijuana legal, but keep all hard drugs blacklisted.  Focus on treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicted criminals.

      Gang Violence
      Gangs are pretty much terrorist organizations.  They commit brutal acts of violence and make innocent people afraid to come out of their homes.  Scale up the fight against gangs.  Make it safe for people in Compton and South-Central to go outside at night.

      Education
      Teach sex-ed and abstinence.  Let the teenagers make their choice about what path they'd prefer.  More elective classes and flexibility with college entry requirements.  Teach in more depth about American government.

      English
      No official language, but public schools should do their best to teach proficiency in the language.

      Economics

      Taxes
      At the federal level, replace the income tax with the "FairTax."  At the state level, I support progressive taxation.

      Spending
      The federal government should stop sending our money overseas.  We should use our money for things that benefit us.

      Health Care
      Unsure.  I support the idea of health care, but I think there needs to be a solution that can respect the rights of states, and bridge the gap between left and right.

      Environment
      The environment should be protected.

      Energy
      We need to cure our addiction to foreign oil.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on September 26, 2009, 03:41:06 pm
      Ok, my final final final summary.

      Constitutional

      Constitution - Create a constitution based partially on the 1689 Bill of Rights. Also include other important elements of modern democracy in it. Lower voting age to 16 or 17.

      Monarchy - Abolish them, they set a bad example to the rest of us.

      Devolution - Continue to devolve powers to Scotland, NI and Wales. Set up Parliament in Northern Ireland and allow all three more power in local rights. Set up an English Parliament too.

      House of Lords - Abolish and replace with a House of Merits, made up of intellectuals approved by referendum. This would help reinforce Britain as a meritocracy

      Separation of Powers - Give the British Supreme Court more power, once it is formed. Create the post of President and give some executive powers to it, while giving other important powers, such as the declaration of war, to the Commons.

      Elections - Set fixed term elections - every 3 years for parliamentary and every 5 years for President, who will also have the power to appoint a Prime Minister from the largest party in Parliament, which approval from Parliament. Look further into either introducing proportional representation, or reforming First Past the Post. Bring back university seats.

      Referenda - To be used for proposed constitutional amendments.

      Secularism - Disestablish the Churches of England and Scotland, like we should have done 100 years ago.

      Economic

      Central Banking - Strip the Bank of England's monopoly on note of issue and allow private banks to issue money, as long as it is backed by gold. Allow the Bank of England to keep a reserve of gold. Also, let each private bank set it's own rate of interest. Encourage full-reserve banking

      Currency - Back with gold. Look into the use of e-gold as well.

      Taxation - Abolish all climate change levies and death duty. Reduce petrol duty while increasing duty on alcohol and cigarettes. Introduce duties on cannabis, coffee, salt. Slash income tax to 10 pence in the pound and gradually reduce it with the aim of eventually abolishing it. Reduce purchase tax to 10%.

      Regulation - Abolish the CDS market, it's a major threat to capitalism. Regulate derivatives somewhat more carefully. Legalise insider trading and relax anti-trust law.

      Private and public sector - Privatise the post office and Social Security. Possibly privatise the NHS.

      National Debt - Work to reduce.

      Social

      Crime - Abolish all victimless crimes (including incest), along with the age of consent and the ages on smoking and alcohol consumption. Bring back the death penalty for murderers.

      Education - Start comittee to look into how to reform the exam system. Raise school starting age to 6 and keep school leaving age at 16.

      Gun Rights - Give everyone over 18 an assault rifle on request.

      Abortion - Keep late term limit at around 6 months.

      Gay rights - Legalise gay marriage, or preferably, stop the state defining marriage altogether.

      Environment - Quit Kyoto Protocol. Push for use of solar and nuclear power over wind power.

      Welfare - Privatise, with the exception of special allowances for the genuinely disabled.

      Immigration - Restrict further. We really need to stop the country getting overpopulated.

      Minimum wage - Abolish.

      Political correctness - Scrap. Freedom of speech is more important.

      Prostitution - Legalise completely.

      Working day - Set limit at 10 hours a day.

      Euthanasia - Legalise voluntary euthanasia. As for involuntary or non-voluntary, it amounts to murder.

      Foreign

      Foreign policy - Quit NATO, the EU and the WTO. Propose a customs union with Ireland. Stay out of other country's affairs generally, but offer mediation in conflicts such as in Israel.

      Nuclear policy - Keep a strong nuclear deterrent.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on September 27, 2009, 12:50:10 pm
      Bring back university seats.

      How would you do this?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on September 27, 2009, 03:11:11 pm
      Bring back university seats.

      How would you do this?

      Create new seats the way they were before abolition. And then hold elections for them.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on September 27, 2009, 05:48:54 pm
      Bring back university seats.

      How would you do this?

      Create new seats the way they were before abolition. And then hold elections for them.

      Which universities would have seats?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: WillK on September 30, 2009, 08:43:59 pm
      National Issues
      ...
      Taxes
      At the federal level, replace the income tax with the "FairTax."  At the state level, I support progressive taxation.

      what is "the 'Fair Tax'"?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on September 30, 2009, 08:44:37 pm
      National Issues
      ...
      Taxes
      At the federal level, replace the income tax with the "FairTax."  At the state level, I support progressive taxation.

      what is "the 'Fair Tax'"?

      a flat income tax rate


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ChrisJG777 on October 01, 2009, 09:46:06 am
      National Issues
      ...
      Taxes
      At the federal level, replace the income tax with the "FairTax."  At the state level, I support progressive taxation.

      what is "the 'Fair Tax'"?

      a flat income tax rate

      Hardly what I'd call fair if you ask my opinion.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on October 01, 2009, 01:44:31 pm
      National Issues
      ...
      Taxes
      At the federal level, replace the income tax with the "FairTax."  At the state level, I support progressive taxation.

      what is "the 'Fair Tax'"?

      a flat income tax rate

      Hardly what I'd call fair if you ask my opinion.

      Why?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: The Age Wave on October 01, 2009, 02:14:29 pm
      I will just list some of my beliefs.

      Universal Health care: SUPPORT!
      Gay marriage: Oppose
      NAFTA: Oppose
      Immigration reform: Support
      Union rights: Support
      Taxes: Lower
      Social Security: Support
      Stimulus/BAILOUTS: sUPPORT
      Abortion: Strongly oppose
      Affirmative action: oppose
      Expanding public universities: Support!
      War in Iraq: oppose
      Drug legalization: HELL NO


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ChrisJG777 on October 01, 2009, 02:22:17 pm
      National Issues
      ...
      Taxes
      At the federal level, replace the income tax with the "FairTax."  At the state level, I support progressive taxation.

      what is "the 'Fair Tax'"?

      a flat income tax rate

      Hardly what I'd call fair if you ask my opinion.

      Why?

      Well for one thing it'd for all intents and purposes function no differently to regressive taxation, when you think about it closely enough, those in the higher wealth groups might as well be charged a lower rate than those who earn less.  Personally I favour progressive taxation.

      Anyway, that's my opinion in a nutshell.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on October 01, 2009, 02:26:20 pm
      National Issues
      ...
      Taxes
      At the federal level, replace the income tax with the "FairTax."  At the state level, I support progressive taxation.

      what is "the 'Fair Tax'"?

      a flat income tax rate

      Hardly what I'd call fair if you ask my opinion.

      Why?

      Well for one thing it'd for all intents and purposes function no differently to regressive taxation, when you think about it closely enough, those in the higher wealth groups might as well be charged a lower rate than those who earn less.  Personally I favour progressive taxation.

      Anyway, that's my opinion in a nutshell.

      I wasn't arguing that it is preferrable. I am saying that it is more fair. S in, you know, treating everyone equally.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ChrisJG777 on October 01, 2009, 02:39:24 pm
      National Issues
      ...
      Taxes
      At the federal level, replace the income tax with the "FairTax."  At the state level, I support progressive taxation.

      what is "the 'Fair Tax'"?

      a flat income tax rate

      Hardly what I'd call fair if you ask my opinion.

      Why?

      Well for one thing it'd for all intents and purposes function no differently to regressive taxation, when you think about it closely enough, those in the higher wealth groups might as well be charged a lower rate than those who earn less.  Personally I favour progressive taxation.

      Anyway, that's my opinion in a nutshell.

      I wasn't arguing that it is preferrable. I am saying that it is more fair. S in, you know, treating everyone equally.

      I can see how some people would see it as fair, but personally I don't share that view.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: TeePee4Prez on October 02, 2009, 11:22:54 pm
      I will just list some of my beliefs.

      Universal Health care: SUPPORT!
      Gay marriage: Oppose
      NAFTA: Oppose
      Immigration reform: Support
      Union rights: Support
      Taxes: Lower
      Social Security: Support
      Stimulus/BAILOUTS: sUPPORT
      Abortion: Strongly oppose
      Affirmative action: oppose
      Expanding public universities: Support!
      War in Iraq: oppose
      Drug legalization: HELL NO

      Damn.  Take out the Iraq War we gots ourselves a Bob Casey Democrat on our hands.  I thought this state's Democrats have finally turned a new leaf. :P


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on October 03, 2009, 02:20:59 am
      I will just list some of my beliefs.

      Universal Health care: SUPPORT!
      Gay marriage: Oppose
      NAFTA: Oppose
      Immigration reform: Support
      Union rights: Support
      Taxes: Lower
      Social Security: Support
      Stimulus/BAILOUTS: sUPPORT
      Abortion: Strongly oppose
      Affirmative action: oppose
      Expanding public universities: Support!
      War in Iraq: oppose
      Drug legalization: HELL NO

      Damn.  Take out the Iraq War we gots ourselves a Bob Casey Democrat on our hands.  I thought this state's Democrats have finally turned a new leaf. :P

      With Arlen Specter? :P


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: rebeltarian on October 21, 2009, 04:35:50 pm
      Foreign Policy

      Warfare: War should be reserved for when our nation is in grave, imminent danger. No pre-emptive warfare, unless it is strategically necessary to protect ourselves (the 1983 invasion of Grenada). Marques and reprisals are also sometimes justified (the 1986 Libya air strike). I oppose nation building and would like to see us close several of our overseas bases and stop policing the world.

      Iraq: I opposed the invasion from the start as I believe the war was fought under a false-pretense and bad/manipulated information. We invaded Iraq for oil interests, influence from Israel and some sort of unreasonable idea that we could actually spread freedom to the region. I support a rapid withdrawal of our troops from Iraqi soil.

      Afghanistan: The initial strikes and the hunt for Bin Ladin/Al-Qaeda were justified.  Bin Laden is dead.  We need to stop dicking around with these middle-eastern countries.  It’s time to come home.

      War on Terror: This term is too ambiguous.  I would shut down the department of homeland security and repeal the PATRIOT Act.  There are indeed terrorists in the world, but by giving up our civil liberties, they are accomplishing the number 1 goal on their agenda. 

      United Nations: I strongly support US withdrawal from the UN.  They are a serious threat to our national sovereignty.  America should clean up its own house, remain neutral and let the world emulate us.  Tell the UN to move their damn headquarters off our soil, too.

      Iran/North Korea/Cuba: Open those bad boys up.  Talk and trade with them.  Allow American citizens to visit Cuba.

      Israel/Palestine: Stop sending aid to both sides.  Pursue two-state solution diplomatically.  Israel has an advanced air force, navy and lots of nukes.  They can defend themselves.

      Sudan/Darfur: Let them sort it out.  It’s not America’s job to socially engineer the world.

      Foreign Aid/Debts: Drop the debt on all third-world nations and cut all foreign aid.  The majority of it is being lost to corruption.  Encourage humanitarian institutions and religious missionaries to help disadvantaged communities overseas.

      Defense Budget: Needs to be cut back significantly.  A lot of money can be saved by simply not getting involved in so many foreign entanglements.  Focus on better quality weapons systems and lesser quantity of them.  Pursue a missile defense shield.


      Economic and Domestic Policies


      Illegal Immigration: Tighter border patrols. I don’t support amnesty, but it’s ridiculous to think we can round up 20 million people. Cut federal welfare programs and these people will have no incentive to come/stay in America illegally.


      Taxes: A flat, 10 percent tax from every American’s income should be sufficient to balance the budget and run this country after we scale back the welfare state and stop playing world policeman.

      Minimum Wage: Eliminate all minimum wage laws.

      Energy Independence and the Environment:  I’m all for green energies, but I oppose the government subsidization of them. I support a free-market solution to alternative energies and I support drilling in ANWR and the Pacific. I especially think we need to explore nuclear power as well as the medical benefits of the atom.  I support free market solutions to fostering and improving environmental stewardship.

      Healthcare: I oppose a government takeover.  Tort reform and repealing state restrictions on patient choice of insurance companies is a good place to start with making the free market system more patient-friendly.

      Education: Shut down the department of education.  Let state/local governments handle funding for education.  Allow parents to choose schools via vouchers.  Let local communities decide on the curriculum being taught in classrooms (evolution, creationism, etc), but encourage all students to learn Spanish.

      Unions: Decentralize their power.  I oppose the Employee Free Choice Act.

      Trade: I support free trade with all nations, regardless of their human rights record or philosophy of government.  Trade is the first step towards breaking down authoritarianism and is a valuable tool for people of different cultures to communicate and learn about each other.  However, we don’t have true “free trade” when we’re trading with nations that impose tariffs. We should make every effort to negotiate tariff-free trade on both sides, but if we’re going to trade with nations that impose tariffs, we must also impose a tariff to avoid national debt.  We should withdraw from the WTO, cancel NAFTA, and I strongly oppose the NAU as they all infringe on our sovereignty.

      Regulations and Corporate Welfare: Minimize regulations.  No favoritism and no bailouts.  I want true free markets. 

      Affirmative Action: Oppose.

      Monetary Issues: Audit the FED.  I don’t think we should go back to the gold standard, but something needs to be done to control the rabid printing of fiat currency and manipulation of interest rates.


      Social and Institutional Issues


      Abortion: Oppose, an unborn child has a heartbeat and brain activity; therefore I see abortion as murder and murderers should be punished.

      Death Penalty: I oppose the death penalty for domestic crimes, but I think there are some high-profile political prisoners that we need to put down for our own national security. Saddam Hussein’s execution was justified. Terrorists should be long-drop hanged. Lethal injection is un-dignified and the chair is just barbaric. As for domestic criminals, life without parole is the maximum they should get.  I support their civic rights as well as reforming the whole prison system to emphasize rehabilitation. We should give them jobs to do (provided there’s no chain-gang-style torture involved), so they’re not just sitting around in their cells all day gang-raping each other.

      Separation of church and state: Support. Government should protect the practice of religions and should not try to socially engineer the country towards any religion(s), nor should it discourage the practice thereof.

      Embryonic Stem-Cell Research: I support scientific research as long as it does not involve the destruction of human embryos.

      Gay Marriage: I support civil unions for homosexual couples. As for calling it “marriage”, well, the federal government should not have the authority to define what marriage is anyways. Leave it to churches/houses of worship to define what your “union” with your “partner” is.

      Drug War & Marijuana:  Cut all federal funding for the war on drugs.  Legalize the herb, mon.

      Prostitution: Legalize it.

      Gun Control: CCW with a permit, bitches.

      National ID: It is disgusting that this idea has even come onto the table.  Strongly oppose.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on October 21, 2009, 04:45:05 pm
      I will just list some of my beliefs.

      Universal Health care: SUPPORT!
      Gay marriage: Oppose
      NAFTA: Oppose
      Immigration reform: Support
      Union rights: Support
      Taxes: Lower
      Social Security: Support
      Stimulus/BAILOUTS: sUPPORT
      Abortion: Strongly oppose
      Affirmative action: oppose
      Expanding public universities: Support!
      War in Iraq: oppose
      Drug legalization: HELL NO

      You fail hard.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Northam for Governor '17 on October 23, 2009, 09:14:28 pm
      Universal Health care: SUPPORT!
      Gay marriage: Oppose
      NAFTA: Oppose
      Immigration reform: Support
      Union rights: Support
      Taxes: Lower
      Social Security: Support
      Stimulus/BAILOUTS: sUPPORT
      Abortion: Strongly oppose
      Affirmative action: oppose
      Expanding public universities: Support!
      War in Iraq: oppose
      Drug legalization: HELL NO

      Except for the bolded ones, I'm with you.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on October 23, 2009, 10:00:47 pm
      I will just list some of my beliefs.

      Universal Health care: SUPPORT!
      Gay marriage: Oppose
      NAFTA: Oppose
      Immigration reform: Support
      Union rights: Support
      Taxes: Lower
      Social Security: Support
      Stimulus/BAILOUTS: sUPPORT
      Abortion: Strongly oppose
      Affirmative action: oppose
      Expanding public universities: Support!
      War in Iraq: oppose
      Drug legalization: HELL NO

      You fail hard.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on October 25, 2009, 06:32:24 pm
      The Constitution

      The rotten state of our democracy is in urgent need of repair. The power of the state is concentrated too much in the hands of our executive office, in particular that of the Prime Minister. For example, Tony Blair was able to lead us into a war in Iraq without any form of consent from Parliament, had he so wished. I believe that the power to declare war should rest with our legislative body, Parliament, and in particular the House of Commons.

      I favour the abolition of the House of Lords. It is ridiculous that in this day and age, we still have an unelected upper house, which only represents a tiny fraction of our population. It is time to do away with this, and replace it with a nonpartisan House of Merits that represents the most skilled, and the hardest working of our population, to further reinforce the power of the individual in our society. These would be chosen by referendum.

      I also favour the abolition of the monarchy. The era where the few, privileged and lucky individuals who were born into high status rule over the country should end. Instead, we should elect a President every 5 years by popular vote, which would have the power to choose a Prime Minister from the largest party in Parliament, with the consent of the Commons.

      Parliament should be elected every 3 years, and there should be more research done into the possibility of proportional representation, preferably by party list method. I also favour the restoration of university seats to our parliament. The size of our parliament should be set at around approximately 100,000 voters per member.

      I believe in a codified British constitution, partially based on the 1689 Bill of Rights. This should include the right to free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom from censorship, and the right of habeas corpus. In addition, the constitution should protect individuals from harassment by government, whether sexuality, racial, religious, or gender based. Amendments to this constitution should be allowed to be ratified, with the consent of the people via referendum. To enforce this, the judiciary should be strengthened and the plans for a British Supreme Court should go ahead. Felons, the mentally ill and the bankrupt should be enfranchised and the voting age lowered to 16.

      A balanced budget amendment should be contained within the constitution to encourage frugality, and to end serious deficits in budgets.

      Devolution should be continued, and Northern Ireland should be granted a Parliament, as should England. These would have power over many local matters, while a National Parliament in Westminster would continue to deal with major issues like defence, law and order and education. Britain should also encourage the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to hold a referendum on their status within the British nation.

      The Church of England should be disestablished, as should the Church of Scotland. Secularism should be upheld, and government funding for religious schools of any sect should be curtailed.

      The Privy Council would be abolished and replaced with a British State Council to advise the President on actions to be taken with regards to a Presidential veto in Parliament.

      Social Issues

      The death penalty (by firing squad) should be restored for crimes such as first degree murder, treason, espionage, sabotage and armed robbery. It should be regularly enforced to increase its use as a deterrent. In addition, the prison system should be hardened and the focus should be on deterring future criminals rather than on rehabilitating prisoners who may be mentally inclined towards violence.

      All victimless crimes will be abolished, including the possession of narcotics. Shops and pharmacies will be allowed to apply for a licence to sell narcotics to those who are over 18. However, those who choose to take narcotics and end up suffering ailment or illness from the consumption of drugs will be exempt from NHS care and will have to pay privately. Street dealing will remain illegal and will be punished by prison sentence. Drugs will also be subject to excise duties from the Exchequer.

      The age of consent will be abolished and prostitution will be legalised in brothels, but will require regular health checks to avoid the spread of venereal disease. The abortion late term limit will remain at its status quo.

      The state shall not in any way define marriage, and there shall be no recognition for either heterosexual or homosexual relationships from the government. Adoption shall not be in any way hindered by the state.

      Immigration should be encouraged for skilled workers looking for employment in the UK. However, illegal immigrants and immigrants who refuse to work should not be allowed residence and should be deported immediately.

      All censorship by the government will be abolished and parents will be expected to make their own decisions as to the suitability of material for viewing by those who are of a young age.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on October 25, 2009, 06:32:49 pm
      some more of my views, basically.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on October 25, 2009, 09:36:14 pm
      Those were basically platitudes.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on October 26, 2009, 05:44:49 pm
      Those were basically platitudes.

      Por que no te callas?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on October 26, 2009, 07:16:39 pm
      Those were basically platitudes.

      Por que no te callas?

      Partly because you keep making non sequiturs.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: politicaladdict on November 02, 2009, 09:44:39 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion: I'm staunchly pro-life, but support exceptions when the mother's life is in danger.
      Separation of church and state: Those words appear nowhere in the Constitution. I support freedom OF religion and not freedom FROM religion.
      Gay marriage: Marriage should be between a man and a woman. I support civil unions and domestic partnerships.
      Affirmative action: Reverse discrimination.
      Hate crimes: Not what the libs pass.
      Gun control: Strongly oppose.
      Death penalty: Support it for 1rst degrees murders, and eve3n serial rapists who emotionally take the lives of others, but not for statutory rape.
      Flag burning: I strongly oppose it personally, but whether or not it's a 1st Amendment right is questionable.
      Euthanasia: Not really.
      Prostitution: Legalize it for the age of 18.
      Immigration: I support legal immigration 100%. For illegal immigration: build a wall and
      Drugs: Against it.
      I support almost all sexuality when it's part of nature and not other preventable addictions  such as drugs.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Very low taxes.
      Trade: I believe free trade grows our economy.
      Spending: Gov't. Federal only for national security and states for roads and some other areas that the constitution grants, no more.
      Welfare: Crap.
      Education: Confused on this issue.
      Regulations: Don't regulate excessively, but make sure that a Madoff scandal doesn't happen again.

      Foreign Policy

      Military Involvement:
      Support! Especially if they are undemocratic and are supporting terrorism
      United Nations: Pretty useless.
      Israel: I support Israel 1000%.
      [/quote]


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Alexander Hamilton on November 03, 2009, 11:41:49 pm
      Trade: I believe free trade grows our economy.

      You believe wrong.

      Israel: I support Israel 1000%.

      Why in the world?? ???


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on November 04, 2009, 03:12:31 pm
      Trade: I believe free trade grows our economy.

      You believe wrong.

      Israel: I support Israel 1000%.

      Why in the world?? ???


      Actually, sorry to say this, but he's right on both counts.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on November 04, 2009, 04:24:01 pm
      I'd love to know how you can with a straight face "support Israel 100%".


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on November 04, 2009, 04:26:16 pm
      I'd love to know how you can with a straight face "support Israel 100%".

      Because they're the only democracy in the Middle East, and were it not for the constant murdering of Israelis and the election of those subhuman trash Hamas, they would give the Palestinians more autonomy?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: JohnFKennedy on November 04, 2009, 04:40:21 pm
      Public execution? By firing squad? For armed robbery? Really? Also, the return of university constituencies? Why on Earth would you want those back?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: You kip if you want to... on November 04, 2009, 04:46:25 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion: I'm staunchly pro-choice. It's the mothers decision what she does with her body.
      Church and state: Keep the two completely separate. If you want to follow a religion, follow it, you don't need the government to "enforce" or "endorse" a religion for you to do that. Get religion out of schools (replace "R.E." with something more productive), abolish state run schools which have religious affiliation.
      Gay Marriage: Legalize
      The Smoking Ban: Keep it and keep it as it is. There's no need to expand it or abolish it.
      Euthanasia: Legalize it.
      Prostitution: Illegal
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: I don't have a problem with it. The pros far outweigh any cons.
      Immigration: I personally don't have a problem with the current system, although i'd support some stricter rules and regulations simply to put a stop to the rise of the far-right.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Tax cuts for those earning less than £150,000 a year
      Welfare: Support
      Healthcare: Increase funding for the NHS.
      Education: Massively increase funding in education. As above, abolish religiously aligned schools. Encourage lessons to develop citizenship. Abolish tuition fees! Keep the Education Maintenance Allowance (E.M.A) and maybe extend the limit to £40,000 income to receive it. Make Sixth Form education compulsory.
      Minimum Wage: Keep it and raise it.
      Infrastructure: Introduce congestion charges in all major cities, but massively cut prices for public transport.
      Energy Policy: Build more wind farms and put up solar panels. Take advantage of tidal power and other renewable resources.

      Foreign Issues

      European Union: Further intergrate with Europe although I oppose a federal "United States of Europe". Oh, and President Blair :D
      Iraq: Withdraw troops now. Blair was stupid for going along with GWB.
      Afghanistan: Increase troop numbers there.
      Military Involvement: Attack only if attacked or directly threatened. Don't blindly follow the US like with Iraq.
      Military Budget: Cut it.

      Domestic Issues

      Devolution: Support the assemblies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as long as Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland MPs aren't allowed to vote on England-only matters OR form an English Parliment just for England issues and keep the current Houses of Parliment for UK-wide issues.
      Scottish/Welsh Independance: Oppose! Keep the United Kingdom united.
      Voting and elections: Keep the voting age at 18. Allow yearly referenda similar to the US state ballot questions/propositions etc. Keep the FPTP system. Give constituents the ability to re-call their MP. Democratically elect members of the House of Lords. Install a "registered voter" system similar to the US so that party members can elect their party leader.
      Monarchy: Abolish it completely. Become the United Republic and let the public elect the head of state.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on November 04, 2009, 04:49:30 pm
      Surprisingly, I agree with you on alot of those, Change08.

      Your positions on prostitution, minimum wage, elections and EU are pretty poor though.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on November 04, 2009, 06:25:13 pm
      I'd love to know how you can with a straight face "support Israel 100%".

      Because they're the only democracy in the Middle East, and were it not for the constant murdering of Israelis and the election of those subhuman trash Hamas, they would give the Palestinians more autonomy?

      Yes, they would give the Palestinians autonomy, if they elected the right people. That's a great example of democracy right there.

      Do you realize what you're saying?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on November 05, 2009, 03:26:32 pm
      It's hard to give independence to a people who've elected a party who want Israel destroyed.

      I support a two-state solution, and frankly, I think the Palestinians should simply all go on strike and refuse to work to force the Israelis to give them independence. Instead of using violence, they need to learn to use other methods that don't involve killing civilians.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on November 05, 2009, 04:01:21 pm
      Ah, so you believe in democracy only when the right people are elected. Also, I thought you said you support Israel 1000%. Now you're advocating civil disobedience.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on November 05, 2009, 04:02:49 pm
      Ah, so you believe in democracy only when the right people are elected. Also, I thought you said you support Israel 1000%. Now you're advocating civil disobedience.

      I believe in democracy all the time. All I'm saying is, don't be surprised if I don't have much sympathy for Palestine. I've suggested the best method of getting independence, and it would be nice if they could demonstrate peacefully rather than simply killing Israeli civilians and throwing more petrol onto the fire.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on November 05, 2009, 04:10:36 pm
      Going on strike and demonstrating peacefully won't do anything. Israel has power. The Palestinians do not. They cannot divorce themselves from the system.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on November 05, 2009, 04:12:39 pm
      Going on strike and demonstrating peacefully won't do anything. Israel has power. The Palestinians do not. They cannot divorce themselves from the system.

      Yes it will. If the Palestinians refuse to work and stage mass strikes, there will be worldwide coverage, and the Israeli government will have a major crisis on their hands.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Psychic Octopus on November 05, 2009, 07:32:36 pm
      Going on strike and demonstrating peacefully won't do anything.

      Worked for Gandhi and MLK.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on November 05, 2009, 07:39:50 pm
      Going on strike and demonstrating peacefully won't do anything.

      Worked for Gandhi and MLK.

      And guess how many people it didn't work for?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Psychic Octopus on November 05, 2009, 07:40:52 pm
      Going on strike and demonstrating peacefully won't do anything.

      Worked for Gandhi and MLK.

      And guess how many people it didn't work for?

      I'm not, I know it didn't. It was merely an snipet.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Swing Voter on November 08, 2009, 04:14:09 am
      Social Issues

      Abortion: I'm pro-choice, for the most part. I do support a ban on partial birth abortions.
      Secularism: A clear separation of church and state is necessary for a thriving democracy. That means no creationism in public schools, establishing taxation of churches and other religious organizations, and no school prayer in public schools. Also, no more faith based initiatives.
      Marriage: I do not think government has a place defining any contracts between individuals, only the enforcement of such. However, in absence of that, we must advocate marriage equality under the law.
      Affirmative Action: Not only is it ineffective, it is overwhelmingly discriminatory against all races. End all affirmative action policies endorsed by the government immediately.
      Gun rights: Achieve a reasonable medium. We can't allow the free sale of guns nor can we allow the free carrying of guns. Designate sportsmen zones. Require background checks before all gun purchases. A blanket policy won't work, give states and cities authority to regulate firearms.
      Death Penalty: Completely against. A barbaric punishment no better than the crime likely to have been committed.
      Censorship: Eliminate censorship. An obstruction to access of information and more dangerous to the public than anything that may be censored under such policies.
      Flag burning: Allow, of course, maintaining public safety in the process.
      Hate crimes/speech: Legislate and enforce. Make no distinction between any races, religions, or genders or sexualities protected under such legislation.
      Smoking: Restrict in public places, allow in privacy of home.
      Alcohol consumption: Lower drinking age to 18.
      Euthanasia: No reason not to allow. It is far more humane than the painful deaths many medical problems can cause.
      Drugs: Legalize recreational drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and LSD. Enforce strict laws against hard drugs like heroin and meth.
      Gambling: A local/state issue.
      Prostitution: A local/state issue.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: The government doesn't need to be involved in funding. Private companies will invest in research, they will be the ones profiting from it anyways.
      Immigration: Create a path to citizenship for those who have not broken any other laws. Enforce stricter border patrols, and work to rebuild Mexico so that the border problem is less of a threat.
      Civil Liberties: Eliminate all provisions of the PATRIOT Act, end wiretapping.
      Language: English as the official language.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Decrease taxes when possible. Do NOT cut taxes in strong economic times without cutting spending (Bush tax cuts). Direct tax cuts to working families.
      Employers and Employees: Weaken organized labor's vice grip on American industry. Enforce strong work safety standards and inspections of workplaces regularly.
      Free trade: Free trade is good for the economy and for freedom.
      Spending: Cut spending where possible. Eliminate waste. Cut military spending. Attempt to balance budget every year, or even achieve a surplus. Focus spending on the issues that most affect Americans, not political pet projects and overseas intervention.
      Social Security: Abolish. The system is unsustainable and the income cap is useless in ensuring effectiveness of the program.
      Space Program: Explore and fund.
      Welfare: A safety net is required. Streamline welfare programs for efficiency. Drug testing for recipients. Scale back benefits over prolonged periods of time.
      Healthcare: Public option, tort reform, MSAs, and allowing purchases across state lines will all contribute to making health care less expensive, more effective, and much more accessible.
      Education: Increase funding, expand opportunities for public education. Stricter requirements for teachers to ensure a quality education for our youth.
      Minimum Wage: Keep at a reasonable level.
      Regulation: Enforcement is key. Also, government oversight of working conditions and making sure tax fraud is not committed.
      Infrastructure: Use infrastructure projects to create public jobs for the unemployed.
      Energy Policy: Move towards "alternative" energy. Decrease dependence on foreign oil. Allow off-shore drilling. Encourage stricter EPA standards for automobiles.

      Foreign Issues

      United Nations: I don't like the UN, but we must remain there to retain our influence.
      Iraq & Afghanistan: Withdrawal on an incremental basis.
      Iran: Work to rebuild relations with Iran. Sit down at the negotiating table.
      North Korea: Stand our ground.
      Israel: There is no reason for us to support Israel. Let Israel support themselves.
      Military Involvement: Attack only if attacked or provoked in manner that requires immediate and decisive action.
      Military Budget: Cut spending, increase efficiency.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on November 08, 2009, 07:55:13 am
      Added a few things people really shouldn't ignore.

      Ideology: Paleoconservatism.

      Social Issues

      Basic Ideas: Federalism, Civil Libertarianism

      Civil Liberties: End the Patriot Act, DHS, the Anti Terrorism Act of '96, National Security Letters, etc.
      Abortion: Abolish Roe v Wade. Personally I don't think abortion should be allowed for elective reasons but I have no problem with the morning after pill.
      Gay Rights: I think this has been framed wrongly because rights belong to individuals not groups. Now of course I support gay adoption, military service, etc. there's no reason not to besides ignorance and bigotry.
      Secularism: I don't support blue laws or teaching creationism. On the other hand people should be able to express their religious views/faith how the want and removing things like religious icons that have been near public buildings for decades is stupid.
      Marriage: The government shouldn't be involved in 'marriage.' Let individuals draw up their own contracts and stop favoring one group or another on taxes.
      Affirmative Action: Discriminating for or against minorities is unconstitutional.
      Gun rights: Repeal all gun control legislation enacted since 1934.
      Death Penalty: I'm not really comfortable with any government having that kind of power. Of course individuals should have the right to use lethal force if necessary, none of this 'duty to retreat' nonsense.
      Censorship: The FCC and 'obscenity' laws make no sense. Abolish them.
      Flag burning: Is protected speech.
      Hate crimes: Oppose. The whole concept just encourages further 'group' division and resentment. Besides, all violent crimes demonstrate contempt towards the victim. Why treat one 'group' better than another?
      Hate speech: Oppose restricting since that's unconstitutional and sets a horrendous precedent.
      Smoking: State Issue. Personally I support smoking restrictions for public places.
      Alcohol consumption: State Issue. Stop denying states highway funding if they don't accept the ridiculous 21 year age restriction.
      Euthanasia: State Issue. I could see allowing active euthanasia in the case of wasting diseases like AIDS.. Passive is pretty much already legal thankfully.
      Drugs: State issue. Now ideally, I think pretty much everything should be legal, given how much drug prices have gone down and prison populations have skyrocketed since the 'War on Drugs.' But we shouldn't tolerate things like meth production or people that are obviously out of their minds wandering the streets either.
      Gambling: State issue. I don't want more casinos in my state personally but don't really care about a few people playing poker or something fairly trivial like that.
      Prostitution: State issue. However, I am personally against legalizing this right now.. While I feel people's sexual behavior is generally their business, the data I've seen on this shows that societies that have legalized prostitution have actually seen the criminal element of that trade (trafficking, rackets, etc.) increase.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Don't have a problem with research.
      Immigration: No amnesty, no 'guest worker programs.' Secure the borders by ramping up ICE presence, use of barriers and reforming the identification process.
      Language: English should be the official language of the US.

      Economic Issues

      Basic Ideas: Free Markets, anti-Corporatism.

      Taxes: Decrease taxes enormously. Abolish AMT, Payroll, etc. Ideally we'd have no federal income tax whatsoever but I'd settle for a flat tax (5-10%). We can spend (or save, we need a higher savings rate!) our own money far more effectively.
      Bailouts: Absolutely not. Stop encouraging bad behavior and rewarding the politically connected at tax payer (and the dollar's) expense. Besides we call assets 'toxic' for a reason...
      Employers and Employees: Unions and striking should be allowed, but regulated. No one should be forced to join a union.
      Free trade: No NAFTA, WTO, etc. and no MFN for China. That does not mean however I oppose low tariffs - quite the opposite. What I oppose unaccountable, secretive bureaucracy and corporate welfare masquerading as 'free trade.'
      Spending: End discretionary spending, bureaus, subsidies, etc. Cut back at nearly all levels.
      Social Security: Privatize through use of annuities, private saving accounts, etc. and phase out the old system. Your retirement should really be your concern.
      Space Program: We have a lot to gain from this potentially. Open space up to the market more and allow for some mining of resources like Helium-3.
      Welfare: Should be left to the states. The Department of Health and Human Services shouldn't exist.
      Healthcare: Phase out medicare, medicaid, etc. and offer up vouchers and real benefits for the un-insurable. Abolish subsidies and other favoritism to the insurance companies. Reform regulations to allow for more choice and coverage (e.g. buying across state lines). Tax healthcare benefits as wages and enact deductions to reduce overuse and offer real savings opportunities. Enact Tort Reform.
      Education: We spend more on education and have more federal involvement than ever.. And we have almost nothing to show for it. Abolish the Department of Education and No Child Left Behind. Establish internship and apprenticeship programs. Expand charter schools and allow for school choice, be it through private school vouchers, home school, or other alternative programs.
      Minimum Wage: This can be counter productive, but at this point I think we might as well just tie it to inflation and forget about it. It's already at a fairly low rate historically anyway.
      Regulation: Simplify and enforce. Regulations should focus primarily on public health and prohibiting wild speculation (e.g. naked derivatives). In general small business is vastly over regulated. If anything, maybe regulation is less necessary than simply realizing just how much power 'charters' give the government over abusive corporations...
      Infrastructure: Scale down highway system and suburbia. Expand public transportation (e.g. bullet trains) and promote new urbanism.
      Energy Policy: Expand use of nuclear energy and domestic drilling. Promote research for renewable resources.

      Foreign Issues

      Basic Ideas: Nationalism, Non-interventionism.

      United Nations: Get out of the UN.
      Iraq & Afghanistan: This is a disaster, we need to begin pulling out immediately. Focus on the borders, our occupation is a waste of time and breeds resentment.
      Iran: Let Israel and co deal with it if they're so worried.
      North Korea: Phase out troops at the border and end all aid. We've been there for over 50 years, and the majority of South Koreans want us out. It's time to go.
      Israel: Shouldn't get any aid either. Beyond that, Israel for better or worse is a sovereign nation now.
      Military Involvement: Attack only if attacked or directly threatened.
      Military Budget: Massive cuts. End no bid contracts, introduce far greater transparency, close down hundreds of bases. 'National Defense' should be just that, defensive.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Jbrase on November 08, 2009, 02:24:37 pm
      Social Issues


      Abortion: Roe V. Wade should be overturned
      Gay Rights: should be allowed to marry
      Marriage: The government shouldn't be involved in marriage.
      Affirmative Action: is counter productive when the more qualified people might not get a job based on their race or social status.
      Gun rights: "shall not be infringed"
      Death Penalty: Only should be used when their is DNA evidence or several eye witnesses.
      Censorship: The FCC is a group of nazis.
      Flag burning: is free speech.
      Hate speech: is bad but thats where parents should step in not the government.
      Alcohol consumption: should be a state by state issue.
      Drugs: should be state by state
      Gambling: the government should stay out of.
      Immigration: Everyone should remember that texas came to be from a bunch of southerners illegaly immigrating into Mexico.
      Language: It seems un-American to say in a country that is supposed to accept all cultures that English should be our official language.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Taxes should be flatter and lower.
      Spending: We need a Balanced budget amendment.
      Social Security: should partialy privatize.
      Space Program: should focus on reaching Mars.
      Welfare:heart is in the right place but in many cases takes away incentives to get out of poverty.
      Healthcare: Need tort reform. No government run Health care, the debt form that would crush our economy.
      Education: Abolish Dept of Education..
      Minimum Wage: hurts more than it helps.
      Energy: use all options to get off forign oil.



      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on November 11, 2009, 10:28:18 am
      Death Penalty: Only should be used when their is DNA evidence or several eye witnesses.

      Eye witness testimony is actually fairly unreliable a lot of the time. (http://scienceblogs.com/cortex/2007/05/unreliable_eyewitness_testimon.php)


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on November 11, 2009, 10:31:43 am
      I'm pretty much neutral over the death penalty now.. I don't know whether it's really used effectively.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Kalwejt on December 08, 2009, 04:15:54 pm
      Abortion: Support full right to choose at early stages, but oppose late-term abortions without medical reasons

      Death penalty: Oppose without any exceptions

      Euthanasia: Support with strong regulations to prevent any abuse (uncureable diease must be confirmed and patient have to request this with a clear mind)

      Gay rights: Support gay marriage, unions, anti-discriminatory laws and adoption rights

      Sexual freedom: Age of contest should be 14

      Taxes: Support progressive taxation

      Budget: Balanced budget is a damn blind myth

      Health care: Universal like in civilizied Europe :P

      Energy: Support alternative sources as well as nuclear

      Social security: Support

      Gun rights: Heavy restrictions

      Stem cell: Supports

      Drugs: Marijuana should be legalized and be distributed under state control. It's much less harmful and, beside, legalization would hurt narcobusiness

      Prostitution: Legalize; reasoning as above


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on December 08, 2009, 04:21:20 pm
      Abortion: Support full right to choose at early stages, but oppose late-term abortions without medical reasons

      Death penalty: Oppose without any exceptions

      Euthanasia: Support with strong regulations to prevent any abuse (uncureable diease must be confirmed and patient have to request this with a clear mind)

      Gay rights: Support gay marriage, unions, anti-discriminatory laws and adoption rights

      Sexual freedom: Age of contest should be 14 abolished

      Taxes: Support progressive taxation

      Budget: Balanced budget is a damn blind myth

      Health care: Universal like in civilizied Europe :P

      Energy: Support alternative sources as well as nuclear

      Social security: Support

      Gun rights: Heavy restrictions

      Stem cell: Supports

      Drugs: Marijuana should be legalized and be distributed under state control. It's much less harmful and, beside, legalization would hurt narcobusiness

      Prostitution: Legalize; reasoning as above

      Needs work.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Vepres on January 09, 2010, 01:34:53 pm
      As I've done a lot of rethinking of my views the past few days, I figured I'd update this.

      Quote
      Social Issues

      Abortion: Personally pro-life, but at the same time I don't believe it is the government's right or responsibility to legislate morality.

      Gay Marriage: Support fully. However, I believe it will be quicker, easier, and more in line with the constitution to leave it up to the states. Look at the wave of gay marriage legalization.

      Flag Burning: Why is this even an issues? Should be legal.

      Illegal Drugs: Legalize and regulate marijuana, keep rest illegal but focus more on rehabilitation than punishment.

      Stem Cell Research: Again, don't legislate morality. It should be legal and receive some government funds.

      Patriot Act: Unconstitutional, repeal it.

      State's Rights: State's Rights have been violated. The federal government should respect them and know it's place. Don't bribe or blackmail states or their Senators

      Gun Control: Background checks are fine as are assault weapons bans. Respect the 2nd amendment however.

      Prayer in Public Schools: Oppose.

      Affirmative Action: Oppose, prosecute discrimination by corporations.

      Electoral College: Support.

      Draft: Oppose except in the most dire of circumstances.

      Death Penalty: Oppose.

      Three Strikes Laws: Oppose.

      Foreign Policy


      Iraq: Oppose. Occupying another country is a bad idea.

      Afghanistan: Would have opposed had I been old enough to care about politics at the time. That said, we have no choice but to follow through on our current course. Generally, I like how Obama is handling it.

      War on Terror: Focus on intelligence and targeted strikes against terrorist leaders instead of the occupation of foreign nations.

      Diplomacy: Always preferable to war.

      Israel: US should remain neutral in the Israeli-Palistinian Conflict, but protect Israel if attack by a foreign country.

      Torture: Stop immediately. Don't prosecute people or release photos however.

      Interventionism: Oppose, unless we're certain we will be attacked unless we intervene in another countries affairs.


      Fiscal/Economic Policy

      Health Care: Reform and modernization is needed. Oppose all forms of government sponsored health care including medicare and medicaid. First of all, it is a states responsibility, and second, they simply cost too much money. Deregulate, but be careful about said deregulation. Protect those with preexisting conditions, subsidize the insurance of those below the poverty line, remove all forms of community ratings, drastic reform of Medicare, support SCHIP, and such. However, I believe states should be responsible for most regulation, but to keep them honest allow people to buy insurance over state lines.


      Social Security: Repeal. Replace with 401k's and possibly retirement savings accounts.

      Taxes: Ideally there would be a flat tax, but the poor and middle class deserve preference when taxes are lowered if a flat tax cannot be legislated at the time. When raised, responsibility should be evenly shared.

      Education: I believe that our education system is fine in terms of quality. The so called "failing public schools" don't exist outside of the inner city and very rural areas. Studies done by groups not affiliated with the US show that we are usually in the top 5 (would cite but too lazy). It's simply government propaganda. Another thing to consider is most countries have high stakes tests in middle school to determine whether you go on to high school or a trade school. If only the top 1/3 of students in Germany (don't know the real statistic, this is just for argument's sake) are compared against all US students, who do you think will do better? Why do we have one of the highest per capita college graduation rate in the world if our k-12 schools are so bad? That said, charter schools, merit based pay, and taking on the teachers union would all help. I do like Obama's ideas, we'll see if he implements them.

      Department of Education: Keep states accountable, but other than that remove it.

      Infrastructure: Must be kept well funded and maintained. Outsource to the private sector when appropriate. State responsibility for the most part.

      Environment: Support protections; I don't mind a carbon tax (though it isn't ideal).

      Cap-and-Trade: Support, but must be more market friendly than current proposals are. More of a state responsibility, though federal government can have a role.

      Public Finance: Support to an extent, but don't limit free speech in the process.

      General Business Regulation: I go case by case, though I usually oppose. Deregulation in some areas, more in the financial sector. If it increases competition, I support regulation.

      Ballot Access: Remove stupid ballot access laws that hinder independent and third party candidates.

      Debate Access: Allow any candidate in a presidential election in debate if they consistently poll over 5% nationally. Same goes for Senate and Gubernatorial elections.

      Trade: Free trade to an extent, remove tax breaks to corporations who send jobs over seas, tariffs on countries with poor human's rights records, though not to the extent that is completely hinders trade.

      Illegal Immigration: Didn't know where to put this. Anyway, support guest worker program, oppose amnesty. I support amnesty and want to greatly reduce the difficulty of legally immigrating here, but after the process has been made far easier, illegals should not receive amnesty.

      Deficit: Support balanced budget amendment.

      Welfare/Poverty: Despite my very cold, evil rhetoric :P, I do not hate the poor. Rather, I hate the liberals who baby them. The government should provide opportunities to people and help the working poor, but save a short unemployment system and food stamps, welfare is a drain on the budget (not to mention a violation of state's rights on a national level. Welfare programs have to potential to hurt the middle-class at times and if they do they shouldn't even be proposed.

      The Stimulus Package: In hindsight, I support it, though it is not a very good bill by any means.

      Auto Bailouts: Let GM and Chrysler go under, Ford was a far superior company and the other two should've dealt with the consequences of their inferiority.

      Tax Loopholes: Taxes should be very simple, doing this would make dodging taxes far more difficult.

      General Philosophy: Individual autonomy is crucial. It creates and environment where creativity and human ingenuity can thrive. Government, big labor, and businesses are all threats, thought the former two are larger threats at the moment.

      Crossed out means I no longer believe that, bold things are new.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on January 09, 2010, 01:40:01 pm
      This is internally contradictory on so many levels. How can you support a massive stimulus but oppose progressive income tax, for example?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Vepres on January 09, 2010, 01:43:14 pm
      This is internally contradictory on so many levels. How can you support a massive stimulus but oppose progressive income tax, for example?

      It was a necessary evil. I think it should have been far smaller and spent far quicker. Plus it was bloated with pet projects :(


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on January 09, 2010, 01:46:57 pm
      Besides the obvious revenue issues supporting government stimulus implies some underlying belief in keynesian economics working... None of which supports the general economic structure you otherwise want. I think.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on January 09, 2010, 02:17:51 pm
      As I've done a lot of rethinking of my views the past few days, I figured I'd update this.

      Quote
      Social Issues

      Abortion: Personally pro-life, but at the same time I don't believe it is the government's right or responsibility to legislate morality.

      Gay Marriage: Support fully. However, I believe it will be quicker, easier, and more in line with the constitution to leave it up to the states. Look at the wave of gay marriage legalization.

      Flag Burning: Why is this even an issues? Should be legal.

      Illegal Drugs: Legalize and regulate marijuana, keep rest illegal but focus more on rehabilitation than punishment.

      Stem Cell Research: Again, don't legislate morality. It should be legal and receive some government funds.

      Patriot Act: Unconstitutional, repeal it.

      State's Rights: State's Rights have been violated. The federal government should respect them and know it's place. Don't bribe or blackmail states or their Senators

      Gun Control: Background checks are fine as are assault weapons bans. Respect the 2nd amendment however.

      Prayer in Public Schools: Oppose.

      Affirmative Action: Oppose, prosecute discrimination by corporations.

      Electoral College: Support.

      Draft: Oppose except in the most dire of circumstances.

      Death Penalty: Oppose.

      Three Strikes Laws: Oppose.

      Foreign Policy


      Iraq: Oppose. Occupying another country is a bad idea.

      Afghanistan: Would have opposed had I been old enough to care about politics at the time. That said, we have no choice but to follow through on our current course. Generally, I like how Obama is handling it.

      War on Terror: Focus on intelligence and targeted strikes against terrorist leaders instead of the occupation of foreign nations.

      Diplomacy: Always preferable to war.

      Israel: US should remain neutral in the Israeli-Palistinian Conflict, but protect Israel if attack by a foreign country.

      Torture: Stop immediately. Don't prosecute people or release photos however.

      Interventionism: Oppose, unless we're certain we will be attacked unless we intervene in another countries affairs.


      Fiscal/Economic Policy

      Health Care: Reform and modernization is needed. Oppose all forms of government sponsored health care including medicare and medicaid. First of all, it is a states responsibility, and second, they simply cost too much money. Deregulate, but be careful about said deregulation. Protect those with preexisting conditions, subsidize the insurance of those below the poverty line, remove all forms of community ratings, drastic reform of Medicare, support SCHIP, and such. However, I believe states should be responsible for most regulation, but to keep them honest allow people to buy insurance over state lines.


      Social Security: Repeal. Replace with 401k's and possibly retirement savings accounts.

      Taxes: Ideally there would be a flat tax, but the poor and middle class deserve preference when taxes are lowered if a flat tax cannot be legislated at the time. When raised, responsibility should be evenly shared.

      Education: I believe that our education system is fine in terms of quality. The so called "failing public schools" don't exist outside of the inner city and very rural areas. Studies done by groups not affiliated with the US show that we are usually in the top 5 (would cite but too lazy). It's simply government propaganda. Another thing to consider is most countries have high stakes tests in middle school to determine whether you go on to high school or a trade school. If only the top 1/3 of students in Germany (don't know the real statistic, this is just for argument's sake) are compared against all US students, who do you think will do better? Why do we have one of the highest per capita college graduation rate in the world if our k-12 schools are so bad? That said, charter schools, merit based pay, and taking on the teachers union would all help. I do like Obama's ideas, we'll see if he implements them.

      Department of Education: Keep states accountable, but other than that remove it.

      Infrastructure: Must be kept well funded and maintained. Outsource to the private sector when appropriate. State responsibility for the most part.

      Environment: Support protections; I don't mind a carbon tax (though it isn't ideal).

      Cap-and-Trade: Support, but must be more market friendly than current proposals are. More of a state responsibility, though federal government can have a role.

      Public Finance: Support to an extent, but don't limit free speech in the process.

      General Business Regulation: I go case by case, though I usually oppose. Deregulation in some areas, more in the financial sector. If it increases competition, I support regulation.

      Ballot Access: Remove stupid ballot access laws that hinder independent and third party candidates.

      Debate Access: Allow any candidate in a presidential election in debate if they consistently poll over 5% nationally. Same goes for Senate and Gubernatorial elections.

      Trade: Free trade to an extent, remove tax breaks to corporations who send jobs over seas, tariffs on countries with poor human's rights records, though not to the extent that is completely hinders trade.

      Illegal Immigration: Didn't know where to put this. Anyway, support guest worker program, oppose amnesty. I support amnesty and want to greatly reduce the difficulty of legally immigrating here, but after the process has been made far easier, illegals should not receive amnesty.

      Deficit: Support balanced budget amendment.

      Welfare/Poverty: Despite my very cold, evil rhetoric :P, I do not hate the poor. Rather, I hate the liberals who baby them. The government should provide opportunities to people and help the working poor, but save a short unemployment system and food stamps, welfare is a drain on the budget (not to mention a violation of state's rights on a national level. Welfare programs have to potential to hurt the middle-class at times and if they do they shouldn't even be proposed.

      The Stimulus Package: In hindsight, I support it, though it is not a very good bill by any means.

      Auto Bailouts: Let GM and Chrysler go under, Ford was a far superior company and the other two should've dealt with the consequences of their inferiority.

      Tax Loopholes: Taxes should be very simple, doing this would make dodging taxes far more difficult.

      General Philosophy: Individual autonomy is crucial. It creates and environment where creativity and human ingenuity can thrive. Government, big labor, and businesses are all threats, thought the former two are larger threats at the moment.

      Crossed out means I no longer believe that, bold things are new.

      So you are done claiming to be a libertarian, right?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on January 09, 2010, 02:28:16 pm
      As I've done a lot of rethinking of my views the past few days, I figured I'd update this.

      Quote
      Social Issues

      Abortion: Personally pro-life, but at the same time I don't believe it is the government's right or responsibility to legislate morality.

      Gay Marriage: Support fully. However, I believe it will be quicker, easier, and more in line with the constitution to leave it up to the states. Look at the wave of gay marriage legalization.

      Flag Burning: Why is this even an issues? Should be legal.

      Illegal Drugs: Legalize and regulate marijuana, keep rest illegal but focus more on rehabilitation than punishment.

      Stem Cell Research: Again, don't legislate morality. It should be legal and receive some government funds.

      Patriot Act: Unconstitutional, repeal it.

      State's Rights: State's Rights have been violated. The federal government should respect them and know it's place. Don't bribe or blackmail states or their Senators

      Gun Control: Background checks are fine as are assault weapons bans. Respect the 2nd amendment however.

      Prayer in Public Schools: Oppose.

      Affirmative Action: Oppose, prosecute discrimination by corporations.

      Electoral College: Support.

      Draft: Oppose except in the most dire of circumstances.

      Death Penalty: Oppose.

      Three Strikes Laws: Oppose.

      Foreign Policy


      Iraq: Oppose. Occupying another country is a bad idea.

      Afghanistan: Would have opposed had I been old enough to care about politics at the time. That said, we have no choice but to follow through on our current course. Generally, I like how Obama is handling it.

      War on Terror: Focus on intelligence and targeted strikes against terrorist leaders instead of the occupation of foreign nations.

      Diplomacy: Always preferable to war.

      Israel: US should remain neutral in the Israeli-Palistinian Conflict, but protect Israel if attack by a foreign country.

      Torture: Stop immediately. Don't prosecute people or release photos however.

      Interventionism: Oppose, unless we're certain we will be attacked unless we intervene in another countries affairs.


      Fiscal/Economic Policy

      Health Care: Reform and modernization is needed. Oppose all forms of government sponsored health care including medicare and medicaid. First of all, it is a states responsibility, and second, they simply cost too much money. Deregulate, but be careful about said deregulation. Protect those with preexisting conditions, subsidize the insurance of those below the poverty line, remove all forms of community ratings, drastic reform of Medicare, support SCHIP, and such. However, I believe states should be responsible for most regulation, but to keep them honest allow people to buy insurance over state lines.


      Social Security: Repeal. Replace with 401k's and possibly retirement savings accounts.

      Taxes: Ideally there would be a flat tax, but the poor and middle class deserve preference when taxes are lowered if a flat tax cannot be legislated at the time. When raised, responsibility should be evenly shared.

      Education: I believe that our education system is fine in terms of quality. The so called "failing public schools" don't exist outside of the inner city and very rural areas. Studies done by groups not affiliated with the US show that we are usually in the top 5 (would cite but too lazy). It's simply government propaganda. Another thing to consider is most countries have high stakes tests in middle school to determine whether you go on to high school or a trade school. If only the top 1/3 of students in Germany (don't know the real statistic, this is just for argument's sake) are compared against all US students, who do you think will do better? Why do we have one of the highest per capita college graduation rate in the world if our k-12 schools are so bad? That said, charter schools, merit based pay, and taking on the teachers union would all help. I do like Obama's ideas, we'll see if he implements them.

      Department of Education: Keep states accountable, but other than that remove it.

      Infrastructure: Must be kept well funded and maintained. Outsource to the private sector when appropriate. State responsibility for the most part.

      Environment: Support protections; I don't mind a carbon tax (though it isn't ideal).

      Cap-and-Trade: Support, but must be more market friendly than current proposals are. More of a state responsibility, though federal government can have a role.

      Public Finance: Support to an extent, but don't limit free speech in the process.

      General Business Regulation: I go case by case, though I usually oppose. Deregulation in some areas, more in the financial sector. If it increases competition, I support regulation.

      Ballot Access: Remove stupid ballot access laws that hinder independent and third party candidates.

      Debate Access: Allow any candidate in a presidential election in debate if they consistently poll over 5% nationally. Same goes for Senate and Gubernatorial elections.

      Trade: Free trade to an extent, remove tax breaks to corporations who send jobs over seas, tariffs on countries with poor human's rights records, though not to the extent that is completely hinders trade.

      Illegal Immigration: Didn't know where to put this. Anyway, support guest worker program, oppose amnesty. I support amnesty and want to greatly reduce the difficulty of legally immigrating here, but after the process has been made far easier, illegals should not receive amnesty.

      Deficit: Support balanced budget amendment.

      Welfare/Poverty: Despite my very cold, evil rhetoric :P, I do not hate the poor. Rather, I hate the liberals who baby them. The government should provide opportunities to people and help the working poor, but save a short unemployment system and food stamps, welfare is a drain on the budget (not to mention a violation of state's rights on a national level. Welfare programs have to potential to hurt the middle-class at times and if they do they shouldn't even be proposed.

      The Stimulus Package: In hindsight, I support it, though it is not a very good bill by any means.

      Auto Bailouts: Let GM and Chrysler go under, Ford was a far superior company and the other two should've dealt with the consequences of their inferiority.

      Tax Loopholes: Taxes should be very simple, doing this would make dodging taxes far more difficult.

      General Philosophy: Individual autonomy is crucial. It creates and environment where creativity and human ingenuity can thrive. Government, big labor, and businesses are all threats, thought the former two are larger threats at the moment.

      Crossed out means I no longer believe that, bold things are new.

      So you are done claiming to be a libertarian, right?
      A WINNER IS YOU! In other words I agree and you, despite what I perceive as not quite libertarian positions, are probably ten times the libertarian Vepres is
      (not sarcasm by the way)


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Vepres on January 09, 2010, 02:55:33 pm
      Besides the obvious revenue issues supporting government stimulus implies some underlying belief in keynesian economics working... None of which supports the general economic structure you otherwise want. I think.

      Keynesian economics are useful in times of extraordinary crisis. Generally, the only two instances I would have supported stimulus are the 1929 and 2008 crashes, respectively. I would not have supported stimulus in, say, 2003 or 1982 (though Reagan's tax cuts were in and of themselves a good thing).

      Of course, Bush's use of Keynesian economics contributed to the crisis. However, an infusion of capital into the economy was, ironically, necessary to prevent a complete collapse. Now, though, reform is needed or else we'll fall into the same pattern.

      As I've done a lot of rethinking of my views the past few days, I figured I'd update this.

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      Social Issues

      Abortion: Personally pro-life, but at the same time I don't believe it is the government's right or responsibility to legislate morality.

      Gay Marriage: Support fully. However, I believe it will be quicker, easier, and more in line with the constitution to leave it up to the states. Look at the wave of gay marriage legalization.

      Flag Burning: Why is this even an issues? Should be legal.

      Illegal Drugs: Legalize and regulate marijuana, keep rest illegal but focus more on rehabilitation than punishment.

      Stem Cell Research: Again, don't legislate morality. It should be legal and receive some government funds.

      Patriot Act: Unconstitutional, repeal it.

      State's Rights: State's Rights have been violated. The federal government should respect them and know it's place. Don't bribe or blackmail states or their Senators

      Gun Control: Background checks are fine as are assault weapons bans. Respect the 2nd amendment however.

      Prayer in Public Schools: Oppose.

      Affirmative Action: Oppose, prosecute discrimination by corporations.

      Electoral College: Support.

      Draft: Oppose except in the most dire of circumstances.

      Death Penalty: Oppose.

      Three Strikes Laws: Oppose.

      Foreign Policy


      Iraq: Oppose. Occupying another country is a bad idea.

      Afghanistan: Would have opposed had I been old enough to care about politics at the time. That said, we have no choice but to follow through on our current course. Generally, I like how Obama is handling it.

      War on Terror: Focus on intelligence and targeted strikes against terrorist leaders instead of the occupation of foreign nations.

      Diplomacy: Always preferable to war.

      Israel: US should remain neutral in the Israeli-Palistinian Conflict, but protect Israel if attack by a foreign country.

      Torture: Stop immediately. Don't prosecute people or release photos however.

      Interventionism: Oppose, unless we're certain we will be attacked unless we intervene in another countries affairs.


      Fiscal/Economic Policy

      Health Care: Reform and modernization is needed. Oppose all forms of government sponsored health care including medicare and medicaid. First of all, it is a states responsibility, and second, they simply cost too much money. Deregulate, but be careful about said deregulation. Protect those with preexisting conditions, subsidize the insurance of those below the poverty line, remove all forms of community ratings, drastic reform of Medicare, support SCHIP, and such. However, I believe states should be responsible for most regulation, but to keep them honest allow people to buy insurance over state lines.


      Social Security: Repeal. Replace with 401k's and possibly retirement savings accounts.

      Taxes: Ideally there would be a flat tax, but the poor and middle class deserve preference when taxes are lowered if a flat tax cannot be legislated at the time. When raised, responsibility should be evenly shared.

      Education: I believe that our education system is fine in terms of quality. The so called "failing public schools" don't exist outside of the inner city and very rural areas. Studies done by groups not affiliated with the US show that we are usually in the top 5 (would cite but too lazy). It's simply government propaganda. Another thing to consider is most countries have high stakes tests in middle school to determine whether you go on to high school or a trade school. If only the top 1/3 of students in Germany (don't know the real statistic, this is just for argument's sake) are compared against all US students, who do you think will do better? Why do we have one of the highest per capita college graduation rate in the world if our k-12 schools are so bad? That said, charter schools, merit based pay, and taking on the teachers union would all help. I do like Obama's ideas, we'll see if he implements them.

      Department of Education: Keep states accountable, but other than that remove it.

      Infrastructure: Must be kept well funded and maintained. Outsource to the private sector when appropriate. State responsibility for the most part.

      Environment: Support protections; I don't mind a carbon tax (though it isn't ideal).

      Cap-and-Trade: Support, but must be more market friendly than current proposals are. More of a state responsibility, though federal government can have a role.

      Public Finance: Support to an extent, but don't limit free speech in the process.

      General Business Regulation: I go case by case, though I usually oppose. Deregulation in some areas, more in the financial sector. If it increases competition, I support regulation.

      Ballot Access: Remove stupid ballot access laws that hinder independent and third party candidates.

      Debate Access: Allow any candidate in a presidential election in debate if they consistently poll over 5% nationally. Same goes for Senate and Gubernatorial elections.

      Trade: Free trade to an extent, remove tax breaks to corporations who send jobs over seas, tariffs on countries with poor human's rights records, though not to the extent that is completely hinders trade.

      Illegal Immigration: Didn't know where to put this. Anyway, support guest worker program, oppose amnesty. I support amnesty and want to greatly reduce the difficulty of legally immigrating here, but after the process has been made far easier, illegals should not receive amnesty.

      Deficit: Support balanced budget amendment.

      Welfare/Poverty: Despite my very cold, evil rhetoric :P, I do not hate the poor. Rather, I hate the liberals who baby them. The government should provide opportunities to people and help the working poor, but save a short unemployment system and food stamps, welfare is a drain on the budget (not to mention a violation of state's rights on a national level. Welfare programs have to potential to hurt the middle-class at times and if they do they shouldn't even be proposed.

      The Stimulus Package: In hindsight, I support it, though it is not a very good bill by any means.

      Auto Bailouts: Let GM and Chrysler go under, Ford was a far superior company and the other two should've dealt with the consequences of their inferiority.

      Tax Loopholes: Taxes should be very simple, doing this would make dodging taxes far more difficult.

      General Philosophy: Individual autonomy is crucial. It creates and environment where creativity and human ingenuity can thrive. Government, big labor, and businesses are all threats, thought the former two are larger threats at the moment.

      Crossed out means I no longer believe that, bold things are new.

      So you are done claiming to be a libertarian, right?

      I've finally fit into the perfect spot where both libertarians and non-libertarians hate me ;D


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Vepres on January 09, 2010, 02:59:25 pm
      Vepres can't claim he doesn't hate the poor yet support amnesty at the same time. One of the claims he made must be a lie.

      I can't have compassion for non-American poor too?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on January 09, 2010, 03:32:26 pm
      Vepres can't claim he doesn't hate the poor yet support amnesty at the same time. One of the claims he made must be a lie.

      Do I hate the poor? :P


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on January 09, 2010, 03:41:12 pm
      Keynesian economics are useful in times of extraordinary crisis. Generally, the only two instances I would have supported stimulus are the 1929 and 2008 crashes, respectively. I would not have supported stimulus in, say, 2003 or 1982 (though Reagan's tax cuts were in and of themselves a good thing).

      It either works or it doesn't. Either you want a robust public sector to weather the economy, or you don't because you find that counterproductive. I may totally disagree with people like beet, lief, jfern, marokai, etc. on this matter but at least they hold consistent views in regards to what sort of economic model they want.

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      Of course, Bush's use of Keynesian economics contributed to the crisis. However, an infusion of capital into the economy was, ironically, necessary to prevent a complete collapse. Now, though, reform is needed or else we'll fall into the same pattern.
      Ok.. why?

      I've already stated before why I think a complete collapse is inevitable - quadrillion derivatives market going bust (not just real estate), open talk of the dollar being dropped as a reserve currency by OPEC and brazil/russia/china/etc., zombie banks being allowed to grow thanks to the bail outs, etc. but I'd like to see your reasoning here.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Marokai Backbeat on January 09, 2010, 03:54:20 pm
      Vepres, you really need to make your mind up what you are here.

      This is probably the only time we'll agree on something.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Marokai Backbeat on January 09, 2010, 03:57:05 pm
      Vepres, you really need to make your mind up what you are here.

      This is probably the only time we'll agree on something.

      You mean apart from gay marriage? And abortion?

      You know what I meant. :P


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on January 09, 2010, 04:01:00 pm
      Vepres can't claim he doesn't hate the poor yet support amnesty at the same time. One of the claims he made must be a lie.

      Do I hate the poor? :P

      Since when do you support amnesty?

      I haven't pulled a Lou Dobbs yet.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on January 09, 2010, 04:11:49 pm
      Vepres, you really need to make your mind up what you are here.

      This is probably the only time we'll agree on something.

      You mean apart from gay marriage? And abortion?

      You support state recognition of marriage and government fundings for abortion?

      Our PRINCIPLES are the same. Maybe not our method.

      You can't have the same principles as someone who lacks them altogether.

      Indeed, the individual in question acts only out of an instinctive self-interest, not due to possessing anything resembling principles.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on January 09, 2010, 04:21:09 pm
      Keynesian economics are useful in times of extraordinary crisis. Generally, the only two instances I would have supported stimulus are the 1929 and 2008 crashes, respectively. I would not have supported stimulus in, say, 2003 or 1982 (though Reagan's tax cuts were in and of themselves a good thing).

      It either works or it doesn't. Either you want a robust public sector to weather the economy, or you don't because you find that counterproductive. I may totally disagree with people like beet, lief, jfern, marokai, etc. on this matter but at least they hold consistent views in regards to what sort of economic model they want.

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      Of course, Bush's use of Keynesian economics contributed to the crisis. However, an infusion of capital into the economy was, ironically, necessary to prevent a complete collapse. Now, though, reform is needed or else we'll fall into the same pattern.
      Ok.. why?

      I've already stated before why I think a complete collapse is inevitable - quadrillion derivatives market going bust (not just real estate), open talk of the dollar being dropped as a reserve currency by OPEC and brazil/russia/china/etc., zombie banks being allowed to grow thanks to the bail outs, etc. but I'd like to see your reasoning here.

      Still waiting for a response I see.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on January 09, 2010, 04:29:10 pm
      Well, I don't mind if Vepres takes his time here. Normally I never question peoples views given what this thread is but I'm honestly sort of confused.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on January 09, 2010, 04:30:27 pm
      Well, I don't mind if Vepres takes his time here. Normally I never question peoples views given what this thread is but I'm honestly sort of confused.

      Indeed, aren't we all?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: SvenssonRS on January 12, 2010, 10:32:37 pm
      Social: Mostly Libertarian

      Abortion: Pro-choice.

      Gay marriage: Personally support, and support keeping it a state issue.

      Flag burning: Support banning it. Anyone who hates the country that much, I feel, should just leave it.

      Illegal drugs: Support marijuana as a medical remedy. Believe in rehabilitation over punishment.

      Stem-Cell Research: Support fully, but believe in holding off funding until better economic times.

      Patriot Act: Repeal it like repealing is going out of style.

      State's Rights: Support fully and without question.

      Gun Control: Entirely against, with the exception of background checks.

      Prayer in Public Schools: Oppose personally, but again, state issue. If Alabama and Oklahoma want it, let them have it.

      Electoral College: Support.

      Draft: Only when absolutely necessary.

      Death Penalty: Support in extreme cases. If we'd just fried Manson when we first had the chance, taxpayers would be all the wealthier.

      Three Strikes Laws: Oppose.

      Foreign Policy - Fairly Leftist

      Iraq: Shouldn't have even gone there.

      Afghanistan: Is becoming a disaster. We're still not winning, Mr. President.

      Iran: Should not be negotiated with so long as Amadinejad is in power. Support the protesters to...somewhat scary extents. Another story.

      War on Terror: Is a very poor term, really. Intelligence and targeted strikes on leaders should prevail.

      Diplomacy and Trade: Support working diplomacy and trade with friendly nations.

      Torture: Stop waterboarding, without question.

      Interventionism: Oppose unless the country is in immediate danger of attack.

      Fiscal/Economic Policy: Centrist

      Health Care: Reform is needed, but a government-run system would be crushingly costly in the end. However, we do need to protect those with preexisting conditions.

      Social Security: Support as is, because it works.

      Taxes: Lower and simplify taxes, plain and simple. The latter would make loopholes much more difficult.

      Business: Support small, independent business. Corporations can fend for themselves and if they go under, frankly, who cares.

      Welfare: Support efforts to help the working poor, so long as they don't start sinking the budget.

      Stimulus and Bailouts: Were an absolute disaster despite good intentions. Support not repeating the mistake.

      Deficit: Support balanced budget.

      Other: Centrist

      Education: Needs some reform, but the current system isn't as terrible as some say. Support homeschooling without question or doubt, due to being homeschooled.

      Dept. of Education: Needs to actually do something useful.

      Infrastructure: Keep funded and maintained; mainly the state and local government's job.

      Environment: Support wildlife protections, and a practical approach to global warming.

      Illegal Immigration: Support efforts to make legal immigration more accessible.

      Ballot Access: Support allowance of access to all major third parties.

      Debate Access: Allow any candidate - Presidential or Congressional - full debate access if they poll more than 15% in their respective race.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Sam Spade on January 17, 2010, 01:54:53 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion: I'm staunchly pro-life, but support exceptions when the mother's life is in danger.
      Separation of church and state: Those words appear nowhere in the Constitution. I support freedom OF religion and not freedom FROM religion.
      Gay marriage: Marriage should be between a man and a woman. I support civil unions and domestic partnerships.
      Affirmative action: Reverse discrimination.
      Hate crimes: Not what the libs pass.
      Gun control: Strongly oppose.
      Death penalty: Support it for 1rst degrees murders, and eve3n serial rapists who emotionally take the lives of others, but not for statutory rape.
      Flag burning: I strongly oppose it personally, but whether or not it's a 1st Amendment right is questionable.
      Euthanasia: Not really.
      Prostitution: Legalize it for the age of 18.
      Immigration: I support legal immigration 100%. For illegal immigration: build a wall and
      Drugs: Against it.
      I support almost all sexuality when it's part of nature and not other preventable addictions  such as drugs.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Very low taxes.
      Trade: I believe free trade grows our economy.
      Spending: Gov't. Federal only for national security and states for roads and some other areas that the constitution grants, no more.
      Welfare: Crap.
      Education: Confused on this issue.
      Regulations: Don't regulate excessively, but make sure that a Madoff scandal doesn't happen again.

      Foreign Policy

      Military Involvement:
      Support! Especially if they are undemocratic and are supporting terrorism
      United Nations: Pretty useless.
      Israel: I support Israel 1000%.

      You forgot to include:

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      Rape: Support!  Especially when it involves fat women and tapioca pudding!!!


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on January 17, 2010, 03:33:48 pm
      lol


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: fezzyfestoon on January 18, 2010, 04:02:00 am
      1. Stop taking the game of politics so seriously.
      2. Stop trying to control everyone's lives.
      3. Spend tax-payers' money as if it were your own.

      That's pretty much the gist of it.  There are of course some nuances, but none that are significant enough to note.  They fall within those three pretty well.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: The Age Wave on January 28, 2010, 07:25:25 pm
      Abortion: Pro-life
      Affirmative action: Oppose in most cases
      Alternative Energies: Strongly, strongly, strongly support.
      Social Security: Needs to be privatized. I think personal savings that can be stored in banks, earn interest, and help provide credit to others will work to stabilize the financial systems and social security is impossible to stabilize.
      Bailouts: I oppose them on principle.
      Unions: I support unions, but there needs to be a fair balance struck.
      Gay marriage: Support.
      Gays in the military: Support.
      Taxes: Raise taxes to pay off the debt. Don't raise taxes and spend more.
      Healthcare: Public option, please.
      Free trade: Support with Canada and Mexico and the EU. Oppose with China and other rogue nations.
      Iran: Economic sanctions.
      Israel: Don't support their militarism, but also oppose any attempts to divide Israel.
      Education: School vouchers, increased spending and construction of more public universities.
      Iraq: Leave. Now.
      Afghanistan: Get in and out as quickly as we can. We don't need to spend a century there.
      Death penalty: Support.
      Drug legalization: Only marijuana.
      Illegal immigration: Build a wall. Enforce existing laws. No amnesty.
      Prostitution: Oppose brothels and organized prostitution. If two people that know each other pay for sex, though, I don't really see how that is different from buying the girl dinner (well, it is, but it's still spending money to get the sex).
      Guns: 2nd amendment forever.

      That's all I can think of right now :P


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: The Age Wave on January 28, 2010, 07:28:07 pm
      I do feel pretty estranged from the current Democratic party.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on January 29, 2010, 03:49:12 am
      Abortion: Pro-life
      Affirmative action: Oppose in most cases
      Alternative Energies: Strongly, strongly, strongly support.
      Social Security: Needs to be privatized. I think personal savings that can be stored in banks, earn interest, and help provide credit to others will work to stabilize the financial systems and social security is impossible to stabilize.
      Bailouts: I oppose them on principle.
      Unions: I support unions, but there needs to be a fair balance struck.
      Gay marriage: Support.
      Gays in the military: Support.
      Taxes: Raise taxes to pay off the debt. Don't raise taxes and spend more.
      Healthcare: Public option, please.
      Free trade: Support with Canada and Mexico and the EU. Oppose with China and other rogue nations.
      Iran: Economic sanctions.
      Israel: Don't support their militarism, but also oppose any attempts to divide Israel.
      Education: School vouchers, increased spending and construction of more public universities.
      Iraq: Leave. Now.
      Afghanistan: Get in and out as quickly as we can. We don't need to spend a century there.
      Death penalty: Support.
      Drug legalization: Only marijuana. Everything.
      Illegal immigration: Build a wall. Enforce existing laws. No amnesty.
      Prostitution: Oppose brothels and organized prostitution. If two people that know each other pay for sex, though, I don't really see how that is different from buying the girl dinner (well, it is, but it's still spending money to get the sex).
      Guns: 2nd amendment forever.

      That's all I can think of right now :P

      Not too bad.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Jensen on January 30, 2010, 02:58:36 pm
      Ideology: Moderate to liberal

      Social Issues

      Basic Ideas: Libertarianish, pro-freedom

      Civil Liberties: End the Patriot Act, DHS, the Anti Terrorism Act of \'96, National Security Letters, etc.
      Abortion: Keep legal under all circumstances except partial-birth.
      Gay Rights: I think this has been framed wrongly because rights belong to individuals not groups. Now of course I support gay adoption, military service, etc. there\'s no reason not to besides ignorance and bigotry.
      Secularism: I don\'t support blue laws or teaching creationism. On the other hand people should be able to express their religious views/faith how the want and removing things like religious icons that have been near public buildings for decades is stupid.
      Marriage: The government shouldn\'t be involved in \'marriage.\' Let individuals draw up their own contracts and stop favoring one group or another on taxes.
      Affirmative Action: Discriminating for or against minorities is unconstitutional.
      Gun rights: Repeal all gun control legislation enacted since 1934.
      Death Penalty: Entirely against, even for \'enemy combatants\'.
      Censorship: The FCC and \'obscenity\' laws make no sense. Abolish them.
      Flag burning: Is not speech, and should be banned. There are other, more effective ways to get that point across without starting needles fires.
      Hate crimes: Support stronger legislation.
      Hate speech: Oppose restricting since that\'s unconstitutional and sets a horrendous precedent.
      Smoking: I support smoking restrictions for public places.
      Alcohol consumption: Keep at 21 for purchasing. Make consumption legal at 18.
      Euthanasia: Legal when patient is of sound mind.
      Drugs: Legalize marijuana and crack down on the rest.
      Gambling: Illegal. Gambling serves only to hurt the poor financially.
      Prostitution: Illegal for brothels and organized prostitution. Legalize if it is in a casual setting.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Increase funding.
      Immigration: Create a guest worker program but make sure our laws are enforced on both borders.
      Language: English should be the official language of the US.

      Economic Issues

      Basic Ideas: Moderate and responsible

      Taxes: Never raise taxes unless accompanied by spending cuts. Do not give tax breaks to the ultrawealthy.
      Bailouts: Against.
      Employers and Employees: Unions and striking should be allowed, but regulated. No one should be forced to join a union.
      Free trade: Make sure American industries are competitive on a global scale. No free trade with nations whose regulations are insufficient and labor and environmental standards are subpar.
      Spending: Keep spending under control, pay off debt, and cut waste.
      Social Security: Privatize through use of annuities, private saving accounts, etc. and phase out the old system. Your retirement should really be your concern.
      Space Program: We have a lot to gain from this potentially. Open space up to the market more and allow for some mining of resources like Helium-3.
      Welfare: There needs to be a safety net, but make sure the funding  is getting to those who actually need it.
      Healthcare: We need universal health care.
      Education: End NCLB. Allow local districts more authority.
      Minimum Wage: Keep as is.
      Regulation: Simplify and enforce. Regulations should focus primarily on public health and prohibiting wild speculation (e.g. naked derivatives). In general small business is vastly over regulated. If anything, maybe regulation is less necessary than simply realizing just how much power  \'charters\' give the government over abusive corporations...
      Infrastructure: Modernize and invest in new methods.
      Energy Policy: End dependence on foreign oil. Promote research for renewable resources.

      Foreign Issues

      Basic Ideas: Non-interventionism

      United Nations: Stay in the UN.
      Iraq & Afghanistan: Pull out immediately.
      Iran: Let Israel and co deal with it if they\'re so worried.
      North Korea: Phase out troops at the border and end all aid. We\'ve been there for over 50 years, and the majority of South Koreans want us out. It\'s time to go.
      Israel: Shouldn\'t get any aid either. Beyond that, Israel for better or worse is a sovereign nation now.
      Military Involvement: Attack only if attacked or directly threatened.
      Military Budget: Massive cuts. End no bid contracts, introduce far greater transparency, close down hundreds of bases. \'National Defense\' should be just that, defensive.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on January 30, 2010, 03:09:22 pm
      Why do you support a flag burning ban? Surely that is freedom of expression.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Jensen on January 30, 2010, 03:13:06 pm
      Why do you support a flag burning ban? Surely that is freedom of expression.

      No, flag burning is just as stupid as leaf burning or arson. There is no need to burn things. The fumes are dangerous, the potential for a fire spreading is not worth the risk, and it's just another way for people to make a big deal out of something that isn't speech or expression.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on February 02, 2010, 08:33:26 pm
      So, you support banning the lighting of fires?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Snowguy716 on February 04, 2010, 08:58:19 pm
      General philosophy: Liberal

      Abortion: Should be legal during the first two trimesters.  Only to save the life of the mother thereafter.  Schools should have comprehensive sex ed. that includes education about contraceptives and alternatives to abortions.
      Separation of church and state: Just as the state has no business meddling with church affairs, the church has no business meddling in state affairs.
      Gay Marriage: Gays should enjoy the same benefits and responsibilities of traditional marriage as recognized by the state; however, no church should be forced to marry anybody they don't want to.  The opposite holds true as well.
      Affirmative Action: The best affirmative action is to reduce educational inequalities in our public schools so that every child has the skills needed to compete for good jobs.  Direct affirmative action was appropriate at one time, but I think we're beyond that in most situations.
      Age of Consent: Age of consent should be 16.
      Gun rights: Generally supportive, though we should have a waiting period and background checks.  
      Death Penalty: Strongly oppose
      Censorship: Strongly oppose, though I do support rating systems so that parents and people in general know exactly what they're buying/seeing/hearing/etc.  But it should be no more than that:  A rating system.
      Flag burning:  Should be legal in all cases.  I don't see flag burning as treachery, but a symbolic airing of grievances against the state.  It shouldn't be done lightly.
      Smoking:  No smoking in public places, though we should allow for smoking rooms in private businesses (if they're separate).  
      Alcohol consumption: Legal age should be lowered to 16 to purchase wine and beer and 19 to purchase liquor (to keep liquor out of high schools).  Alcohol consumption in the presence of parents should be allowed at any age.  Get rid of public intoxication laws and allow drinking in public.
      Euthanasia: Support in cases of terminal illness.
      Drugs: Support legalization of marijuana and other "soft" drugs with state regulation as with tobacco and alcohol.  Money raised from the taxes should go to support recovery/rehabilitation programs.
      Gambling: I support it, but I recognize the help it has given Native American tribes in lifting many out of abject poverty.
      Prostitution: Leave this to the states.  I support regulated prostitution.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Strongly support.
      Immigration:  We need to make legal immigration much easier.  No quotas, though immigration could be reduced if need be.
      Illegal Immigration:  Give them a chance to become legal immigrants through an easier, reformed system.  Those that fail should be sent home.


      Economic Issues

      General Philosophy: Liberal

      Taxes: Keep corporate taxes, but lower the rates.  Cut business taxes for small businesses drastically.  Institute a progressive income tax with the largest chunk of government revenue coming from this source.  Have a highly progressive capital gains tax that taxes excessive capital gains while promoting investment among Americans in general.
      Employers and Employees: I support the right for unions to form without intimidation by either side, overseen and those rights guaranteed by an objective mix of union and business.  Unions that strike legitimately and legally should be protected from being fired as long as negotiations are made in good faith and the strike doesn't seriously harm the public in general.
      Free trade: I support fair trade.  We need to hold our trading partners to the same standards that we hold our own workers.
      Spending:  Institute pay-go.  Cut non-personnel and war related defense expenditures by 10% across the board.  Scrub the rest of the budget.  Ask each department to come up with 10% savings.  Identify any programs among those 10% that could be reformed and cut the rest.
      Social Security: Lift the cap on payroll taxes.  Increase the retirement age to 70 over a period of years.  Increase benefits for the poorest while reducing them for the richest.
      Space Program: Support.  The government should partner with private interests with the government focusing on research and initial training.  Allow private enterprise to take over non-close orbit space travel with government subsidies to begin.
      Welfare:  Full, generous benefits for the non-working disabled and single parents with young children.  Give rent/mortgage assistance to the needy and utility aid as well.  Make cash benefits dependent on searching for work or furthering your education.  Fully subsidize tuition for the poor at public colleges and universities.
      Healthcare: We need strong regulation of the private insurance industry when it comes to paperwork.  There should be simplified procedures that are uniform across the industry.  There should be a cap on overhead costs as well.  All children under 18 and college students under 25 as well as the disabled and indigent and those over 65 should be covered by a single payer government run insurance program.  Leave private coverage to healthy, working adults.  Insurance exchanges should be part of the answer as well with community insurance co-ops an option like credit unions vs. banks.
      Education: At the federal level:  Uniform basic standards of learning for the entire nation.  This includes math and science standards and applicable social studies and english/grammar.  The states reserve the right to fine tune and change these standards where deemed necessary.  The federal government should provide equalization money among states as well as funding for special education.  I support an equalization system in the states funded by income taxes so that property poor school districts have the resources to give their students a world class education.  Give ultimate authority to the local school districts when it comes to how they spend money.
      Minimum Wage: We need a federal minimum wage that is tied to the cost of living.  States reserve the right to go above and beyond the federal minimum.
      Regulation:  In some markets, regulation is a must.  We need a well regulated banking industry as well as food and drug safety.  We also need strong environmental protection.  In most cases, the freer the market, the freer the people is sound... but basic necessities need to be regulated as to promote the health and wellbeing of the public.
      Infrastructure: First and foremost we need to rethink how we do transportation in this country.  Gas taxes need to reflect a percentage of the gas price per gallon.  We need to bring our roads and bridges into good condition, replacing the outdated, and expanding and providing transit alternatives for congestion relief.  We need to invest heavily into a world class high speed rail system that connects all of the major cities in this country at speeds up to 220mph.  While it is not feasible to take a train from NY to LA, it would make sense to take a train from NY to Cleveland or Cleveland to Chicago or Atlanta to DC or Miami to Charlotte.  Once we've got a national high speed network, we can focus on regional and local lines.  The federal government needs to undertake this.  We should also be funding local transit projects in cities.  We also need to update and expand our energy infrastructure.  It is clearer and clearer that electric cars are going to be the future.  We don't have the capacity in our power grid to charge cars for everybody in the nation.  We need to be prepared.  We also need to heavily invest in revamping our dams and other infrastructure so we don't have failures that can cost lives.
      Energy Policy: We need to massively increase nuclear power.  This must be the backbone of our energy requirements while we phase out coal and natural gas and develop wind, solar, and biomass technologies.  While nuclear isn't renewable and it has its dangers, it is incredibly efficient.  Old coal stations should be replaced with nuclear and newer, cleaner coal plants should be used as peak use plants.
      Environment:  We need sustainability.  We need to require sustainable forestry practices that promote healthy forests for wildlife while meeting our demands for wood products.  We also need sustainable grassland programs.  If people would eat more buffalo/bison and less beef, it would greatly improve the prairies.  This is because the diet of Bison are different than cattle and the American prairie has evolved with bison so that they coexist nicely.  Eating bison instead of beef is also healthier as bison is lower in fat and cholesterol, so it's a win-win.. while bison is still very flavorful.  We also need to strictly regulate our fisheries so they are sustainable as well.  End bottom trawling.  Government should lower subsidies on corn and soybeans and raise them on fresh fruits and vegetables so that everybody can afford healthier food choices.  Also, for every ounce of meat you forego, you could eat 10 ounces of vegetables and have the same environmental impact.  

      We need to focus on having the smallest impact possible while maintaining a high quality of life.  We need to realize that quality of life isn't borne out of "bigger is always better" and "More is always better"... but that we should focus on family and community as the foundations of good quality of life.  If we can do this, the environment will greatly benefit.




      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Snowguy716 on February 04, 2010, 08:59:09 pm
      Foreign Issues

      General Philosophy: I don't know.

      Democracy and Trade: I support both, but movements towards democracy should be home grown.  We should assist if they ask.
      United Nations: The idea of an international body is important in today's world.  It should not hold any legal jurisdiction, however.
      Iraq: Strongly opposed to our invasion of Iraq, though if peace and stability can remain in this fledgling democracy, I won't deny the victory there.
      Israel: Support two state proposal.  No economic or military aid except for defense in extreme situations.  We were instrumental in putting them there, we should help them out when they really need it.  Palestinians and Jewish Israelis will have to learn to coexist.
      Patriot Act: Strongly Oppose
      Torture: Strongly Oppose.  It is inhumane and ineffective.
      Military Involvement:  Oppose in most circumstances.  We need to focus more on our own defense.  Return the National Guard to being the national guard... so they can respond to domestic crises when needed.
      North American Union: A union that sets up free trade and free travel amongst the nations is a good idea.  Also, legislation that affects all parties could be promoted by a stronger union, but ultimately these proposed laws would have to be approved by the legislative bodies of each respective country in order to maintain national sovereignty.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: hawkeye59 on February 04, 2010, 09:33:39 pm
      Abortion: Pro-Choice
      Iraq: Anti-War
      Israel: Gotta agree with Snowguy.
      Gay Marraige: Pro.
      Flag Bruning: Legal in all cases.
      Death Penalty: Strongly Oppose.
      Health Care: Pro-Public Option.
      Environment: Strong legislation to lower pollution and stop global warming.
      Gun Control: Pro.
      Patriot Act: STRONGLY oppose.
      Social Security: Support.
      Stem Cell Research: Support




      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Jensen on February 04, 2010, 09:34:29 pm
      So, you support banning the lighting of fires?

      No.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Psychic Octopus on February 04, 2010, 09:38:33 pm
      Gerald Ford 76, why are you a Republican?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on February 04, 2010, 10:17:32 pm
      So, you support banning the lighting of fires?

      No.

      I see no difference.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Jensen on February 05, 2010, 01:21:01 am
      Gerald Ford 76, why are you a Republican?

      I am a renegade. :)


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on February 24, 2010, 05:54:48 pm
      Free trade is 'yucky'? I think you'd find a majority of economicists disagree with you there.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on February 25, 2010, 12:04:26 am
      Social issues: Immoral Antigovernment Libertine

      Abortion: Prochoice
      Immigration: Pro-Amnesty
      Marriage: Get the government out of it completely. It shouldn't be you and me and the state of Nevada, it should be you and me and if permitting, about 5 other people. Everybody should be able to marry anyone or anything in multiples if they want to. Love makes people do crazy things, embrace it.
      Flag Burning: Support it, especially if it's cold outside
      Free Speech: Support completely and get rid of all censorship laws. This includes no fines on networks for bad language and "fair speech" laws.
      War on Drugs: End it. We should be throwing in child molesters and wife beaters, not crackheads. Plus, legalize drugs to spur the snack vendor industry.
      Affirmative Action: Endorses collective racism. Reinforces stereotype that some people are collectively stupider than another.
      Gun control: Gun control is a backwards draconian statist policy. Why should I support something the KKK supported to disarm blacks in the late 1800s? The idea that we can still be free when only the coercive arms of government are armed is like saying the sheep would be safer sleeping with wolves.
      Death Penalty: What? Being another dude's butt buddy for the rest of his life isn't enough? If I was a psycho serial killer I think I would rather go to prison for 3 months and then get injected over being butt humped for the next 50 years. That's why I'm against the death penalty, I think the threat of eternal butt rape is alot more of a deterent than "we'll friggin kill you!" Plus, if there are no death penalties it's impossible to accidently kill the wrong man. What the hell? I don't like the death penalty because it's wrong, alright?
      Voluntary Euthanasia: Totally legalize it. If you want to kill yourself it's a voluntary action (there's my answer for suicide). If you want someone else to do it, sign a release waiver on your life and have the ender sign also with a third party witness to prove it's legit for this person to kill you.
      Draft: Get rid of it, NOW.
      Patriot Act, domestic spying, etc.: Get rid of it. The government has no right to be spying our phone lines. There is a correct way to do searches, it's called A WARRANT. All you have to do is fill out a friggin piece of paper to search somebody. Why is the government so lazy it can't even sign a piece of paper before searching somebody?
      Stem Cell Research: We have to use those fetuses for something.....
      States Rights: The power of the states should be a little more respected. For example, if a state passes drug legalization the federal government shouldn't overrule it.
      Three Strikes Law: Against, what if the person in question commits three petty crimes? It's too excessive and broad.
      Prostitution: Legalize, you know what they say: sex sells.
      Separation of Church and State: Stop enforcing your fake god on us! It's called separation of church and state for a reason!! Stop bribing public officials to enforce your backwards social agenda! Now if you just want to preach in your churches or hell even have radio stations or tv stations, fine. Just don't have the government give you any special favors. For it is written "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof."
      Electoral College: I guess we should keep it, but needs reform.

      Foreign Policy: Free Trade monger
      War on Terror: Stop pissing people off and giving them a reason to kill us. Let the Mideast solve it's own problems.
      Palestine: It's really none of our business what happens in Palestine. We should take a neutral role and have free trade relationships with both sides.
      Israel: I hate to sound like an Israel hating bastard but we should let them be. They already got enough of our military technology to ward off full on invasions from 6 different fronts. And if they get wiped off the face of the planet by an Iranian nuke........sorry, shouldn't be our problem. Our support for Israel is what got us in hot water in the Middle East, maybe if we let everyone fight their own battles they won't have a reason to kill us. However, we should have a free trade relationship with them.
      War in Iraq: Get out now and let them destroy themselves. Sadaam was a dick and the world may arguably be a better place with him gone but the people of Iraq need to grow their own balls and learn how to defend themselves without having us baby them.
      Iran: Do you really think Iran would be stupid enough to nuke us? Epic fail. People forget about the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction so quickly. We should stop acting like dicks to them and start a mutual trade relationship with them. The more we trade with nations that don't like us the more they will like us because who doesn't like cable tv?
      North Korea: Like I said, M.A.D. They're probably just freaked out because we're constantly threatening to kick their asses. THis isn't 1952, this is 2009. Things have changed. We should begin a mutual trade relationship with them like we should China which would do way more to destroy authoritarian communism than say an all out invasion that costs hundreds of billions of dollars a year.
      9/11: Not real sure anymore. Could've been the government, could've actually been terrorists. What I do know is that it's gotten us into a lot of s#$t.
      Afghanistan: Get the hell out and sign a free trade agreement.
      Pakistan: Stop harrasing them and sign a free trade agreement.
      Torture: Not necessary and not ethical. Can't we just bribe them? Who can't resist free cable?!
      Diplomacy: Should always be the 1st step and always preferable to war.
      Free Trade Agreement: If Diplomacy works, should always be the 2nd step.
      Military involvement: Should require a damn good reason. Pre-emptive military action is not an option. President doesn't have authority to declare war, only Congress does. This option should be a VERY LAST RESORT.

      Economic Issues: Capitalist Loving Bastard
      Taxes: Eliminate the income tax gradually. Enact across the board tax cuts on a "progressive scale" on par with reduced spending.. There are lots of other taxes out there to pay for stuff.
      Welfare: Get rid of it, gradually. You don't need to be dependent on government, you've got friends and family who'll always be looking out for you..go to them when you're down on your luck. Also, there are charitable organizations that do exist that takes care of people down on their luck and two words: soup kitchen.
      Trade: This protectionist Bulls*$t has got to end. The idea that by antagonizing our fellow trade partners with excessive tariffs and other economically nationalist ideas will somehow juice up our economy is insane. We benefit from trade with other nations, penaltilizing our trade partners is no way to get them to be more open to trading with us.
      Health Care: Leave it up to each individual state to decide what kind of healthcare system they want.
      Spending: Can the military budget, eliminate or reform ineffective programs.
      Education: Start up a voucher program so kids not well off can get into private schools easier to help spurce competition between the schools to provide the best possible education for our nation's children. Keep public schools since competition with private schools for the most kids will encourage public school systems to become better at educating kids instead of teaching them how to pass year end exams that won't mean anything 10 years from now.
      Regulations: Support environmental regulations (but not excessive), I don't want some company's toxic waste in my backyard. Kind of iffy on anti-trust and monopoly regulations. Against anti-trust.

      Update
      Changes are in bold.
      Funny how I seem to be where I was when I first got on here.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on February 25, 2010, 04:13:51 am
      I <3 your views Mech.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on February 25, 2010, 04:53:28 am
      Abortion: Staunchly pro-life. Abortion is murder. Exception granted to save the life of the mother.

      War: Opposed to all war except in self-defense against imminent attack or invasion. Oppose both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

      Taxes: Abolish income taxes. Replace as much taxation as possible with voluntary user contributions.

      Spending: Spend on nothing except to provide essential services to society. No spending to interfere with the economy as with bailouts or subsidies. Abolish nearly all government agencies and departments.

      Healthcare: Go for all-or-nothing approach to healthcare. No half-assed corporatist schemes like Obamacare.

      Gun control: Opposed completely. No restrictions whatsoever on concealed carry. Vermont is a good model for other states to follow.

      Death Penalty: Opposed, though it is not on the same plane as abortion, which is far worse.

      War on Drugs: The government has no right to dictate to anyone what they may choose to consume that would affect only their own body. End the war on drugs. Also abolish all restrictions on alcohol and tobacco, such as age limits.

      PATRIOT Act/Homeland Security: Repeal it completely. Abolish the FBI, CIA, BATF and DHS.

      Foreign Policy: Non-interventionism.

      Palestine: Free Palestine from Zionist occupation. End all aid to the state of "Israel".


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on February 25, 2010, 04:57:35 am
      Abortion: Staunchly pro-life. Abortion is murder. Exception granted to save the life of the mother.

      War: Opposed to all war except in self-defense against imminent attack or invasion. Oppose both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

      Taxes: Abolish income taxes. Replace as much taxation as possible with voluntary user contributions.

      Spending: Spend on nothing except to provide essential services to society. No spending to interfere with the economy as with bailouts or subsidies. Abolish nearly all government agencies and departments.

      Healthcare: Go for all-or-nothing approach to healthcare. No half-assed corporatist schemes like Obamacare.

      Gun control: Opposed completely. No restrictions whatsoever on concealed carry. Vermont is a good model for other states to follow.

      Death Penalty: Opposed, though it is not on the same plane as abortion, which is far worse.

      War on Drugs: The government has no right to dictate to anyone what they may choose to consume that would affect only their own body. End the war on drugs. Also abolish all restrictions on alcohol and tobacco, such as age limits.

      PATRIOT Act/Homeland Security: Repeal it completely. Abolish the FBI, CIA, BATF and DHS.

      Foreign Policy: Non-interventionism.

      Palestine: Free Palestine from Zionist occupation. End all aid to the state of "Israel".


      Not too bad. You need to drop the pro-life stuff and the generic anti-Israel stuff though.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on February 25, 2010, 05:10:28 am
      Abortion: Staunchly pro-life. Abortion is murder. Exception granted to save the life of the mother.

      War: Opposed to all war except in self-defense against imminent attack or invasion. Oppose both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

      Taxes: Abolish income taxes. Replace as much taxation as possible with voluntary user contributions.

      Spending: Spend on nothing except to provide essential services to society. No spending to interfere with the economy as with bailouts or subsidies. Abolish nearly all government agencies and departments.

      Healthcare: Go for all-or-nothing approach to healthcare. No half-assed corporatist schemes like Obamacare.

      Gun control: Opposed completely. No restrictions whatsoever on concealed carry. Vermont is a good model for other states to follow.

      Death Penalty: Opposed, though it is not on the same plane as abortion, which is far worse.

      War on Drugs: The government has no right to dictate to anyone what they may choose to consume that would affect only their own body. End the war on drugs. Also abolish all restrictions on alcohol and tobacco, such as age limits.

      PATRIOT Act/Homeland Security: Repeal it completely. Abolish the FBI, CIA, BATF and DHS.

      Foreign Policy: Non-interventionism.

      Palestine: Free Palestine from Zionist occupation. End all aid to the state of "Israel".


      Not too bad. You need to drop the pro-life stuff and the generic anti-Israel stuff though.

      No, I maintain consistency in my views. I think you need to drop the pro-death and pro-imperialism stuff. ;)


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on February 25, 2010, 07:54:56 am
      Abortion: Staunchly pro-life. Abortion is murder. Exception granted to save the life of the mother.

      War: Opposed to all war except in self-defense against imminent attack or invasion. Oppose both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

      Taxes: Abolish income taxes. Replace as much taxation as possible with voluntary user contributions.

      Spending: Spend on nothing except to provide essential services to society. No spending to interfere with the economy as with bailouts or subsidies. Abolish nearly all government agencies and departments.

      Healthcare: Go for all-or-nothing approach to healthcare. No half-assed corporatist schemes like Obamacare.

      Gun control: Opposed completely. No restrictions whatsoever on concealed carry. Vermont is a good model for other states to follow.

      Death Penalty: Opposed, though it is not on the same plane as abortion, which is far worse.

      War on Drugs: The government has no right to dictate to anyone what they may choose to consume that would affect only their own body. End the war on drugs. Also abolish all restrictions on alcohol and tobacco, such as age limits.

      PATRIOT Act/Homeland Security: Repeal it completely. Abolish the FBI, CIA, BATF and DHS.

      Foreign Policy: Non-interventionism.

      Palestine: Free Palestine from Zionist occupation. End all aid to the state of "Israel".


      Not too bad. You need to drop the pro-life stuff and the generic anti-Israel stuff though.

      No, I maintain consistency in my views. I think you need to drop the pro-death and pro-imperialism stuff. ;)

      I don't hold either of those :(


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on February 25, 2010, 08:04:25 am
      Ok, my final final final summary.

      Constitutional

      Constitution - Create a constitution based partially on the 1689 Bill of Rights. Also include other important elements of modern democracy in it. Lower voting age to 16 or 17.

      Monarchy - Abolish them, they set a bad example to the rest of us.

      Devolution - Continue to devolve powers to Scotland, NI and Wales. Set up Parliament in Northern Ireland and allow all three more power in local rights. Set up an English Parliament too. Set up regional assemblies with some local powers also.

      House of Lords - Abolish and replace with a House of Merits, made up of intellectuals approved by referendum. This would help reinforce Britain as a meritocracy

      Separation of Powers - Give the British Supreme Court more power, once it is formed. Create the post of President and give some executive powers to it, while giving other important powers, such as the declaration of war, to the Commons.

      Elections - Set fixed term elections - every 3 years for parliamentary and every 5 years for President, who will also have the power to appoint a Prime Minister from the largest party in Parliament, which approval from Parliament. Look further into either introducing proportional representation, or reforming First Past the Post. Bring back university seats. Introduce STV.

      Referenda - To be used for proposed constitutional amendments.

      Secularism - Disestablish the Churches of England and Scotland, like we should have done 100 years ago.

      Economic

      Central Banking - Strip the Bank of England's monopoly on note of issue and allow private banks to issue money, as long as it is backed by gold. Allow the Bank of England to keep a reserve of gold. Also, let each private bank set it's own rate of interest. Encourage full-reserve banking

      Currency - Back with gold. Look into the use of e-gold as well.

      Taxation - Abolish all climate change levies and death duty. Reduce petrol duty while increasing duty on alcohol and cigarettes. Introduce duties on drugs, coffee, salt. Slash income tax to 10 pence in the pound and gradually reduce it with the aim of eventually abolishing it. Reduce purchase tax to 10%. Introduce LVT

      Regulation - Abolish the CDS market, it's a major threat to capitalism. Regulate derivatives somewhat more carefully. Legalise insider trading relax anti-trust law.

      Private and public sector - Privatise the post office and Social Security pensions. Possibly privatise the NHS. reform the NHS to a multi payer system

      National Debt - Work to reduce.

      Social

      Crime - Abolish all victimless crimes (including incest), along with the age of consent and the ages on smoking and alcohol consumption. Bring back the death penalty for murderers. Make life imprisonment MEAN life

      Education - Start comittee to look into how to reform the exam system. Raise school starting age to 6 and keep school leaving age at 16.

      Gun Rights - Give everyone over 18 an assault rifle on request.

      Abortion - Keep late term limit at around 6 months. Raise the week limit to 28 weeks.

      Gay rights - Legalise gay marriage, or preferably, stop the state defining marriage altogether. Legalise gay adoption too.

      Environment - Quit Kyoto Protocol. Push for use of solar and nuclear power over wind power.

      Welfare - Privatise, with the exception of special allowances for the genuinely disabled. Create a means-tested system

      Immigration - Restrict further. We really need to stop the country getting overpopulated. Open borders.

      Minimum wage - Abolish.

      Political correctness - Scrap. Freedom of speech is more important.

      Prostitution - Legalise completely.

      Working day - Set limit at 10 hours a day.

      Euthanasia - Legalise voluntary euthanasia. As for involuntary or non-voluntary, it amounts to murder.

      Foreign

      Foreign policy - Quit NATO, the EU and the WTO. Propose a customs union with Ireland. Stay out of other country's affairs generally, but offer mediation in conflicts such as in Israel.

      Nuclear policy - Keep a strong nuclear deterrent. End British nuclear armaments.

      Made some amendments.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on February 25, 2010, 11:00:32 am
      Abortion: Staunchly pro-life. Abortion is murder. Exception granted to save the life of the mother.

      War: Opposed to all war except in self-defense against imminent attack or invasion. Oppose both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

      Taxes: Abolish income taxes. Replace as much taxation as possible with voluntary user contributions.

      Spending: Spend on nothing except to provide essential services to society. No spending to interfere with the economy as with bailouts or subsidies. Abolish nearly all government agencies and departments.

      Healthcare: Go for all-or-nothing approach to healthcare. No half-assed corporatist schemes like Obamacare.

      Gun control: Opposed completely. No restrictions whatsoever on concealed carry. Vermont is a good model for other states to follow.

      Death Penalty: Opposed, though it is not on the same plane as abortion, which is far worse.

      War on Drugs: The government has no right to dictate to anyone what they may choose to consume that would affect only their own body. End the war on drugs. Also abolish all restrictions on alcohol and tobacco, such as age limits.

      PATRIOT Act/Homeland Security: Repeal it completely. Abolish the FBI, CIA, BATF and DHS.

      Foreign Policy: Non-interventionism.

      Palestine: Free Palestine from Zionist occupation. End all aid to the state of "Israel".


      Not too bad. You need to drop the pro-life stuff and the generic anti-Israel stuff though.

      No, I maintain consistency in my views. I think you need to drop the pro-death and pro-imperialism stuff. ;)

      I'm sorry Libertas (and I really want to start a clean slate this time, really I do) but how does wanting to free Palestine work with your supposedly "non-interventionist" foreign policy?
      It is called "non-interventionist" for a reason.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on February 25, 2010, 04:11:48 pm
      Abortion: Staunchly pro-life. Abortion is murder. Exception granted to save the life of the mother.

      War: Opposed to all war except in self-defense against imminent attack or invasion. Oppose both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

      Taxes: Abolish income taxes. Replace as much taxation as possible with voluntary user contributions.

      Spending: Spend on nothing except to provide essential services to society. No spending to interfere with the economy as with bailouts or subsidies. Abolish nearly all government agencies and departments.

      Healthcare: Go for all-or-nothing approach to healthcare. No half-assed corporatist schemes like Obamacare.

      Gun control: Opposed completely. No restrictions whatsoever on concealed carry. Vermont is a good model for other states to follow.

      Death Penalty: Opposed, though it is not on the same plane as abortion, which is far worse.

      War on Drugs: The government has no right to dictate to anyone what they may choose to consume that would affect only their own body. End the war on drugs. Also abolish all restrictions on alcohol and tobacco, such as age limits.

      PATRIOT Act/Homeland Security: Repeal it completely. Abolish the FBI, CIA, BATF and DHS.

      Foreign Policy: Non-interventionism.

      Palestine: Free Palestine from Zionist occupation. End all aid to the state of "Israel".


      Not too bad. You need to drop the pro-life stuff and the generic anti-Israel stuff though.

      No, I maintain consistency in my views. I think you need to drop the pro-death and pro-imperialism stuff. ;)

      I'm sorry Libertas (and I really want to start a clean slate this time, really I do) but how does wanting to free Palestine work with your supposedly "non-interventionist" foreign policy?
      It is called "non-interventionist" for a reason.

      How does Palestine being free from occupation conflict with a non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy? ???


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on February 25, 2010, 04:46:46 pm
      Abortion: Staunchly pro-life. Abortion is murder. Exception granted to save the life of the mother.

      War: Opposed to all war except in self-defense against imminent attack or invasion. Oppose both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

      Taxes: Abolish income taxes. Replace as much taxation as possible with voluntary user contributions.

      Spending: Spend on nothing except to provide essential services to society. No spending to interfere with the economy as with bailouts or subsidies. Abolish nearly all government agencies and departments.

      Healthcare: Go for all-or-nothing approach to healthcare. No half-assed corporatist schemes like Obamacare.

      Gun control: Opposed completely. No restrictions whatsoever on concealed carry. Vermont is a good model for other states to follow.

      Death Penalty: Opposed, though it is not on the same plane as abortion, which is far worse.

      War on Drugs: The government has no right to dictate to anyone what they may choose to consume that would affect only their own body. End the war on drugs. Also abolish all restrictions on alcohol and tobacco, such as age limits.

      PATRIOT Act/Homeland Security: Repeal it completely. Abolish the FBI, CIA, BATF and DHS.

      Foreign Policy: Non-interventionism.

      Palestine: Free Palestine from Zionist occupation. End all aid to the state of "Israel".


      Not too bad. You need to drop the pro-life stuff and the generic anti-Israel stuff though.

      No, I maintain consistency in my views. I think you need to drop the pro-death and pro-imperialism stuff. ;)

      I'm sorry Libertas (and I really want to start a clean slate this time, really I do) but how does wanting to free Palestine work with your supposedly "non-interventionist" foreign policy?
      It is called "non-interventionist" for a reason.

      How does Palestine being free from occupation conflict with a non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy? ???

      The point of a "non-interventionist" foreign policy is that we don't intervene, that is why it is called the non-interventionist policy. Assisting Palestine would be interventionist (just like we do with Israel), pulling all funding to the Middle East and favoring neither Palestine or Israel is non-interventionist.
      Favoring one side (with actual aid) in a conflict that doesn't involve us is not non-interventionist.
      So both you and Winston are wrong.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on February 25, 2010, 04:50:10 pm
      Abortion: Staunchly pro-life. Abortion is murder. Exception granted to save the life of the mother.

      War: Opposed to all war except in self-defense against imminent attack or invasion. Oppose both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

      Taxes: Abolish income taxes. Replace as much taxation as possible with voluntary user contributions.

      Spending: Spend on nothing except to provide essential services to society. No spending to interfere with the economy as with bailouts or subsidies. Abolish nearly all government agencies and departments.

      Healthcare: Go for all-or-nothing approach to healthcare. No half-assed corporatist schemes like Obamacare.

      Gun control: Opposed completely. No restrictions whatsoever on concealed carry. Vermont is a good model for other states to follow.

      Death Penalty: Opposed, though it is not on the same plane as abortion, which is far worse.

      War on Drugs: The government has no right to dictate to anyone what they may choose to consume that would affect only their own body. End the war on drugs. Also abolish all restrictions on alcohol and tobacco, such as age limits.

      PATRIOT Act/Homeland Security: Repeal it completely. Abolish the FBI, CIA, BATF and DHS.

      Foreign Policy: Non-interventionism.

      Palestine: Free Palestine from Zionist occupation. End all aid to the state of "Israel".


      Not too bad. You need to drop the pro-life stuff and the generic anti-Israel stuff though.

      No, I maintain consistency in my views. I think you need to drop the pro-death and pro-imperialism stuff. ;)

      I'm sorry Libertas (and I really want to start a clean slate this time, really I do) but how does wanting to free Palestine work with your supposedly "non-interventionist" foreign policy?
      It is called "non-interventionist" for a reason.

      How does Palestine being free from occupation conflict with a non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy? ???

      The point of a "non-interventionist" foreign policy is that we don't intervene, that is why it is called the non-interventionist policy. Assisting Palestine would be interventionist (just like we do with Israel), pulling all funding to the Middle East and favoring neither Palestine or Israel is non-interventionist.
      Favoring one side (with actual aid) in a conflict that doesn't involve us is not non-interventionist.
      So both you and Winston are wrong.

      Eh, what? Show me where I said anything about intervening in any other country's affairs.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on February 25, 2010, 04:54:42 pm
      Abortion: Staunchly pro-life. Abortion is murder. Exception granted to save the life of the mother.

      War: Opposed to all war except in self-defense against imminent attack or invasion. Oppose both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

      Taxes: Abolish income taxes. Replace as much taxation as possible with voluntary user contributions.

      Spending: Spend on nothing except to provide essential services to society. No spending to interfere with the economy as with bailouts or subsidies. Abolish nearly all government agencies and departments.

      Healthcare: Go for all-or-nothing approach to healthcare. No half-assed corporatist schemes like Obamacare.

      Gun control: Opposed completely. No restrictions whatsoever on concealed carry. Vermont is a good model for other states to follow.

      Death Penalty: Opposed, though it is not on the same plane as abortion, which is far worse.

      War on Drugs: The government has no right to dictate to anyone what they may choose to consume that would affect only their own body. End the war on drugs. Also abolish all restrictions on alcohol and tobacco, such as age limits.

      PATRIOT Act/Homeland Security: Repeal it completely. Abolish the FBI, CIA, BATF and DHS.

      Foreign Policy: Non-interventionism.

      Palestine: Free Palestine from Zionist occupation. End all aid to the state of "Israel".


      Not too bad. You need to drop the pro-life stuff and the generic anti-Israel stuff though.

      No, I maintain consistency in my views. I think you need to drop the pro-death and pro-imperialism stuff. ;)

      I'm sorry Libertas (and I really want to start a clean slate this time, really I do) but how does wanting to free Palestine work with your supposedly "non-interventionist" foreign policy?
      It is called "non-interventionist" for a reason.

      How does Palestine being free from occupation conflict with a non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy? ???

      The point of a "non-interventionist" foreign policy is that we don't intervene, that is why it is called the non-interventionist policy. Assisting Palestine would be interventionist (just like we do with Israel), pulling all funding to the Middle East and favoring neither Palestine or Israel is non-interventionist.
      Favoring one side (with actual aid) in a conflict that doesn't involve us is not non-interventionist.
      So both you and Winston are wrong.

      Eh, what? Show me where I said anything about intervening in any other country's affairs.

      "Free Palestine from Zionist occupation"?
      Needs more clarification, more sauce. To me it sounded like you were saying WE should FREE Palestine.
      If you're saying that Palestine needs to be freed from unjust rule (not by us), then disregard this.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on February 25, 2010, 04:56:10 pm
      Abortion: Staunchly pro-life. Abortion is murder. Exception granted to save the life of the mother.

      War: Opposed to all war except in self-defense against imminent attack or invasion. Oppose both Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

      Taxes: Abolish income taxes. Replace as much taxation as possible with voluntary user contributions.

      Spending: Spend on nothing except to provide essential services to society. No spending to interfere with the economy as with bailouts or subsidies. Abolish nearly all government agencies and departments.

      Healthcare: Go for all-or-nothing approach to healthcare. No half-assed corporatist schemes like Obamacare.

      Gun control: Opposed completely. No restrictions whatsoever on concealed carry. Vermont is a good model for other states to follow.

      Death Penalty: Opposed, though it is not on the same plane as abortion, which is far worse.

      War on Drugs: The government has no right to dictate to anyone what they may choose to consume that would affect only their own body. End the war on drugs. Also abolish all restrictions on alcohol and tobacco, such as age limits.

      PATRIOT Act/Homeland Security: Repeal it completely. Abolish the FBI, CIA, BATF and DHS.

      Foreign Policy: Non-interventionism.

      Palestine: Free Palestine from Zionist occupation. End all aid to the state of "Israel".


      Not too bad. You need to drop the pro-life stuff and the generic anti-Israel stuff though.

      No, I maintain consistency in my views. I think you need to drop the pro-death and pro-imperialism stuff. ;)

      I'm sorry Libertas (and I really want to start a clean slate this time, really I do) but how does wanting to free Palestine work with your supposedly "non-interventionist" foreign policy?
      It is called "non-interventionist" for a reason.

      How does Palestine being free from occupation conflict with a non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy? ???

      The point of a "non-interventionist" foreign policy is that we don't intervene, that is why it is called the non-interventionist policy. Assisting Palestine would be interventionist (just like we do with Israel), pulling all funding to the Middle East and favoring neither Palestine or Israel is non-interventionist.
      Favoring one side (with actual aid) in a conflict that doesn't involve us is not non-interventionist.
      So both you and Winston are wrong.

      Eh, what? Show me where I said anything about intervening in any other country's affairs.

      "Free Palestine from Zionist occupation"?
      Needs more clarification, more sauce. To me it sounded like you were saying WE should FREE Palestine.
      If you're saying that Palestine needs to be freed from unjust rule (not by us), then disregard this.

      I didn't say the U.S. should do anything, I just said "Free Palestine".


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Electric Feel on February 25, 2010, 04:58:40 pm
      It's only right that we undo our interventionist damage by kicking the Jews out of the land they have no rightful claim to.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on February 25, 2010, 04:59:40 pm
      It's only right that we undo our interventionist damage by kicking the Jews out of the land they have no rightful claim to.

      ...Apart from the fact they were there for years before the Canaanites arrived. Yeah...


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Electric Feel on February 25, 2010, 05:00:22 pm
      It's only right that we undo our interventionist damage by kicking the Jews out of the land they have no rightful claim to.

      ...Apart from the fact they were there for years before the Canaanites arrived. Yeah...

      Don't lie, prude


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Earth on February 25, 2010, 05:01:59 pm
      It's only right that we undo our interventionist damage by kicking the Jews out of the land they have no rightful claim to.

      ...Apart from the fact they were there for years before the Canaanites arrived. Yeah...

      O Rly? This might have some grounding if we were talking about the same people.

      Claims to the land, culturally, are the same as claims to the land, politically. (And no, I don't support forcing anyone out of Israel)


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on February 25, 2010, 05:02:36 pm
      It's only right that we undo our interventionist damage by kicking the Jews out of the land they have no rightful claim to.

      ...Apart from the fact they were there for years before the Canaanites arrived. Yeah...

      Don't lie, prude

      Did you just call someone with a -9 social score a prude in a thread which has nothing to do with morality?

      .....lol.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Electric Feel on February 25, 2010, 05:08:20 pm
      It's only right that we undo our interventionist damage by kicking the Jews out of the land they have no rightful claim to.

      ...Apart from the fact they were there for years before the Canaanites arrived. Yeah...

      Don't lie, prude

      Did you just call someone with a -9 social score a prude in a thread which has nothing to do with morality?

      .....lol.

      The score means nothing if you support the Israeli war agenda


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on February 25, 2010, 05:10:21 pm
      It's only right that we undo our interventionist damage by kicking the Jews out of the land they have no rightful claim to.

      ...Apart from the fact they were there for years before the Canaanites arrived. Yeah...

      Don't lie, prude

      Did you just call someone with a -9 social score a prude in a thread which has nothing to do with morality?

      .....lol.

      The score means nothing if you support the Israeli war agenda

      I don't support either side, believe me. I used to be a Zionist nut, but these days, I can't be bothered with either of them.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Electric Feel on February 25, 2010, 05:11:26 pm
      It's only right that we undo our interventionist damage by kicking the Jews out of the land they have no rightful claim to.

      ...Apart from the fact they were there for years before the Canaanites arrived. Yeah...

      Don't lie, prude

      Did you just call someone with a -9 social score a prude in a thread which has nothing to do with morality?

      .....lol.

      The score means nothing if you support the Israeli war agenda

      I don't support either side, believe me. I used to be a Zionist nut, but these days, I can't be bothered with either of them.

      Good


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: justW353 on March 06, 2010, 07:58:38 pm
      Abortion:  While I am personally opposed in most cases, I support early term abortions politically.  Of course, at the same time adoption should be presented as an option.  I am opposed to late term abortion.

      War:  Oppose War in Iraq.  Support War in Afghanistan, as well as troop surge there.  Use of Predator Drones should increase throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (yes, Pakistan).

      Israel:  Support Israel, but also support creation of Palestinian state in West Bank and Gaza.

      Regulation:  Increase regulation on businesses.  Give substantial tax breaks to companies that employ American workers, and raise taxes on companies that do not.  Oppose bailouts.  Let them fail.

      Healthcare:  Support single-payer system, but not at current date.  As of now, put in measures to increase competition while also lowering costs.  Support public option, but only in areas where there is not enough competition, or where employer supplied healthcare is too expensive.  Support mandated healthcare.

      Gun Control:  Support concealed weapons with permit.  At the same time, make registration process more difficult.  Support ban on assault rifles (why the hell would you need an assault rifle?).

      Death Penalty:  Support in the worst crimes.  However, if you give someone the death penalty, speed up the process.  Don't make them rot in solitary confinement for 20 years before they finally get pumped with chemicals.

      Drugs:  Support legalization of marijuana.  Lower drinking age to 18.  Step up attempts to stop smugglers.

      Gay Marriage:  See abortion.  I personally have questionable thoughts on the subject, but it does not effect me.  I support a legalization of it, but do not force Churches to marry Gay couples.  I oppose adoption by gay couples (Do it for the children!1!11!!!)

      Environment:  Sign the freaking Kyoto Protocol.  

      Welfare:  Needs definite reforms.  Put limits on time you can stay on welfare, require users to show where their money is going, and do more to stop people from getting on Welfare.  Support new version of Public Works Administration, which would allow small businesses to employ unemployed workers for free, as the workers would be payed by the government.

      Immigration:  Support a clear path to citizenship.  At the same time, work to stop companies that employ illegal immigrants.  Work to stop illegal immigration, but not legal immigration.

      Prostitution:  Very restricted.  Do not legalize federally, but do not ban federally.  

      Euthanasia:  Legalize voluntary euthanasia.

      In summary, I support regulation, I support capitalism, but I also have certain socialist tendencies.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mos Definite on March 07, 2010, 09:17:04 am
      Socially libertarian, economically centrist-left-center.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: segwaystyle2012 on March 14, 2010, 10:00:58 pm
      Well, I don't mind if Vepres takes his time here. Normally I never question peoples views given what this thread is but I'm honestly sort of confused.

      Indeed, aren't we all?

      With respect to recent events, I never found in answer in this thread. Speak up Vepres.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: The Age Wave on April 05, 2010, 06:27:56 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion: I'm pro-life, for the most part.
      Secularism: A separation of church and state is necessary for a thriving democracy. That means no creationism in public schools and no forced school prayer in public schools. Faith-based initiatives are an entirely different matter. I have no problem treating an organization with a religious affiliation the same as I would any other charitable organization.
      Marriage: We must advocate marriage equality under the law.
      Affirmative Action: Not only is it ineffective, it is overwhelmingly discriminatory against all races. End all race-based affirmative action policies endorsed by the government immediately. Repeal all affirmative action laws that affect private businesses.
      Gun rights: Allow states the authority to create a "Can Not Carry" list for felons and the mentally disabled. Use negative checks instead of positive checks and allow sale to anyone not on the list.Allow concealed carry.
      Death Penalty: Keep only for the most extreme circumstances and repeat felons.
      Censorship: Eliminate public censorship. An obstruction to access of information and more dangerous to the public than anything that may be censored under such policies. Allow private companies to display the forms of speech they want, whether strictly controlled or liberally allowed.
      Flag burning: Allow for native-born citizenry only.
      Hate crimes/speech: No restrictions on hate speech. No hate crimes legislation. The motive of the crime doesn't increase the significance of the crime any.
      Smoking: Tax cigarettes, allow private establishments to create their own restrictions.
      Alcohol consumption: Lower drinking age to 18.
      Euthanasia: No reason not to allow. It is far more humane than the painful deaths many medical problems can cause.
      Drugs: Legalize marijuana but keep more dangerous, addictive, and uncontrollable substances regulated.
      Gambling: Tax them. Discourage cities from legalizing it. Regulate heavily internet gambling.
      Prostitution: Crack down on the human trafficking aspect and maintain strong regulation of the pornography industry. Decriminalize informal payments for sexual endeavors.
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: The government doesn't need to be involved in funding. Private companies will invest in research, they will be the ones profiting from it anyways.
      Immigration: Enforce stricter border patrols. Crack down on, especially, those who commit felonies.
      Civil Liberties: Repeal most of the PATRIOT Act. Protect privacy.
      Language: English as the official language.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: Decrease taxes when possible. Do NOT cut taxes in strong economic times without cutting spending (for example, the Bush tax cuts). Direct tax cuts to working families.
      Employers and Employees: Weaken organized labor's vice grip on American industry. Enforce strong work safety standards and inspections of workplaces regularly.
      Free trade: Leave NAFTA and other free trade agreements.
      Spending: Cut spending where possible. Eliminate waste. Cut military spending. Attempt to balance budget every year, or even achieve a surplus. Focus spending on the issues that most affect Americans, not political pet projects and overseas intervention.
      Social Security: Reform the system. Remove the cap for the wealthy. Force government employees to give up their pensions and accept Social Security.
      Space Program: Explore and fund.
      Welfare: A safety net is required. Streamline welfare programs for efficiency. Drug testing for recipients. Scale back benefits over prolonged periods of time.
      Healthcare: Public option, tort reform, MSAs, and allowing purchases across state lines will all contribute to making health care less expensive, more effective, and much more accessible. No mandates, though.
      Education: Increase funding, expand opportunities for public education. Stricter requirements for teachers to ensure a quality education for our youth.
      Minimum Wage: Keep at a reasonable level.
      Regulation: Enforcement is key. Also, government oversight of working conditions and making sure tax fraud is not committed.
      Infrastructure: Use infrastructure projects to create public jobs for the unemployed.
      Energy Policy: Move towards "alternative" energy. Decrease dependence on foreign oil. Allow off-shore drilling. Encourage stricter EPA standards for automobiles. Increase gasoline taxes or keep them the same.

      Foreign Issues

      United Nations: I don't like the UN, but we must remain there to retain our influence.
      Iraq & Afghanistan: Withdrawal on an incremental basis.
      Iran: Work to rebuild relations with Iran. Sit down at the negotiating table.
      North Korea: Stand our ground.
      Israel: There is no reason for us to support Israel. Let Israel support themselves.
      Military Involvement: Attack only if attacked or provoked in manner that requires immediate and decisive action.
      Military Budget: Cut spending, increase efficiency.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: perdedor on April 06, 2010, 10:05:36 am
      Social Issues:
      Abortion - Completely pro-choice, including partial birth and all three trimesters. The government should not have a hand in regulating women's reproductive organs and no, I do not believe that a fetus is life. Sorry (not really).

      Gay Rights - I support completely removing the states from the issue and taking steps to ensure equality for the GLBT community. A comprehensive (Yeah, I know. This word makes me chuckle too) anti-discrimination bill ought to be passed. However, just as a note, I only support gay marriage because I know that the state will never stop recognizing marriages, which is the position I support.

      Gun Control - The current regulations are fine. I will say that I do not think that gun ownership should be designated a 'god given' right and I would be perfectly content with abolishing the second amendment.

      Drugs - Full legalization/regulation/taxation across the entire drug spectrum. The government should not be in the business of regulating what people do to their own bodies. This would also do considerable damage to underground drug market that is becoming increasingly violent. You could apply this same logic to prostitution.

      Censorship - This goes against a core principle of mine regarding the act of covering one's eyes and shutting one's ears. People should view the world as it is naturally and not look for versions that are more comfortable.

      Immigration - Serious crackdown on employers who are capitalizing on the plight of less fortunate nations/races of people. One should have to provide a valid birth certificate which the employer must verify through a federal database to recieve employment/social services. Strict penalties should be enforced against these agencies including large fines and potential jail time depending upon how many undocumented workers there are employed by the company. All of that said, legal immigration desperately needs to be simplified and citizenship easier to achieve. FWIW, I think both 'the wall' and establishing english as the national language are both stupid, nationalistic ideas.

      Civil Liberties - We have them. Unfortunate a truth as it may be sometimes (teabaggers) you can't simply send the National Guard after protesters that disagree with you. Abolishing the Patriot Act and Department of Homeland Security would be a good starting point. Furthermore, ending the War on Terror would be the deathnail to most of the nationalistic propaganda that floats around this country like a foul smell.

      Education - I would prefer a federal system of education that is properly funded and is actually designed to build an intelligent populace with a good sense of culture and common sense. Abolish NCLB/standardized testing, raise educational standards to be met by both teachers and students, and potentially create a mandatory two year college program to follow high school. Our people (at least on the large scale) are stupid and culturally inept. I'm left to believe that the initial failure starts with our educational system that puts more focus on sports and memorizing test answers than actual education.

      Economic Issues:

      Nationalization - I support nationalizing a wide array of industries including: utilities (electric, water, etc), heavy industry, mass transit, insurance (one general, universal plan), banking, health care, and energy. In addition to this, I would be completely behind universal internet access. While I could understand arguments against this, we live in a world which is almost entirely operated via the internet and it seems almost wrong to me to think that some people are denied such a tool.

      Taxes - Increase them across the board in order to install new social programs. Deficit reduction is another potential benefit of this, though it is certainly a smaller priority to me than social programs. In addition to this, I believe that we should introduce new taxes on industries that are harmful to the public well being such as fast food and inefficient vehicles. I also believe that we should remove tax exempt status for religious institutions and that we should double corporate, estate, and capital gains taxes.

      Minimum Wage - Should be a living wage that is adjusted for inflation and taxation. I'm thinking around 15$ an hour.

      Trade - Abolish NAFTA/GATT, and install various tariffs to protect and promote American made goods.

      Social Services - We need a vast overhaul of programs that are designed to help the less fortunate. This would include doubling welfare payments, making food stamps more available to the general populace, extending and increasing unemployment benefits, and establishing a state run employment agency to employ people until they are able to find another job (should they want to). You'll notice that I don't mention medicaid, this is because I am a supporter of single-payer, nationalized health care.

      Foreign Issues:

      War(s)/Military Intervention - Unless directly threatened with military activity, the United States should not involve its military in international disputes. The one exception I could make is the situation in Africa. If ever there was an opprtunity to truly free and bettert the lives of a people through military expedition, it would be the African continent.

      Military Funding - Reduce by 75% across the board excluding pay and post-service benefits.

      Foreign Aid - To be reduced.

      UN - I oppose U.S. involement.

      Nuclear Arms - Until the U.S. disarms and requests the same of its allies, it should stay out of the business of North Korea and Iran.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on April 06, 2010, 08:44:58 pm
      UN - I oppose U.S. involement.

      Explain.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on April 07, 2010, 04:57:50 pm
      Pro-choice in all three trimesters?! Jesus.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RIP Robert H Bork on April 07, 2010, 05:26:41 pm
      Pro-choice in all three trimesters?! Jesus.

      Of course. He is crazy.

      Anyway, that's surprising coming from you. Aren't you too pro-choice in all three trimesters?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on April 07, 2010, 05:39:21 pm
      Pro-choice in all three trimesters?! Jesus.

      Of course. He is crazy.

      Anyway, that's surprising coming from you. Aren't you too pro-choice in all three trimesters?

      No, only the first two.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RIP Robert H Bork on April 07, 2010, 06:05:06 pm
      Pro-choice in all three trimesters?! Jesus.

      Of course. He is crazy.

      Anyway, that's surprising coming from you. Aren't you too pro-choice in all three trimesters?

      No, only the first two.

      What?! Fake libertarian! :P

      Seriously, your social score would suggest otherwise.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on April 07, 2010, 06:07:23 pm
      Pro-choice in all three trimesters?! Jesus.

      Of course. He is crazy.

      Anyway, that's surprising coming from you. Aren't you too pro-choice in all three trimesters?

      No, only the first two.

      What?! Fake libertarian! :P

      Seriously, your social score would suggest otherwise.

      A foetus can feel pain after the first two trimesters.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RIP Robert H Bork on April 07, 2010, 06:12:51 pm
      Pro-choice in all three trimesters?! Jesus.

      Of course. He is crazy.

      Anyway, that's surprising coming from you. Aren't you too pro-choice in all three trimesters?

      No, only the first two.

      What?! Fake libertarian! :P

      Seriously, your social score would suggest otherwise.

      A foetus can feel pain after the first two trimesters.

      Fair enough. I did not know that that was your position, though.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: wdecker1 on April 09, 2010, 12:15:57 am
      Social Issues:
      Abortion - Completely pro-choice

      Gay Rights - Support fully

      Gun Control - Maintain current levels.

      Drugs - Legalize Marijuana, but not the hard-core drugs like heroin.

      Censorship - Against it

      Civil Liberties - protect them

      Education - everyone should have the opportunity to receive an education

      Economic Issues:

      Nationalization - unsure about

      Taxes - Implement a much stronger progressive income tax.

      Minimum Wage - Living Wage

      Trade - against free trade, would prefer greater environmental and worker protections

      Social Services - support food stamps, social security, unemployment insurance, universal health care

      Foreign Issues:

      War(s)/Military Intervention - should only go to war if facing a direct threat

      Military Funding-Maintain near current levels, or decrease slightly.

      Foreign Aid - To be reduced.

      UN - Support

      Nuclear Arms - support disarmament


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: perdedor on April 09, 2010, 11:01:07 am
      UN - I oppose U.S. involement.

      Explain.

      That's pretty self-explanitory. I personally am not fond of the idea of a globalized pseudo-government meddling in the affairs of independent nations. I feel largely the same way about U.S. foreign policy.

      Pro-choice in all three trimesters?! Jesus.

      Is it really that troubling to read? A fetus is not a human life, it is the potential for human life. Until we are born, we are the physical property of our mothers. This could be argued sure, but it seems more ridiculous to me for a governing body to differentiate between certain segements of the birth cycle as if they should have such authority over a women's body at any given stage of her pregnancy.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on April 10, 2010, 08:59:04 am
      If something has feelings, it is a living sentient being. A foetus cannot feel until 28 weeks.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: You kip if you want to... on April 11, 2010, 12:17:20 pm
      Social Issues

      Abortion: I'm staunchly pro-choice. It's the mothers decision what she does with her body.
      Church and state: Keep the two completely separate. If you want to follow a religion, follow it, you don't need the government to "enforce" or "endorse" a religion for you to do that. Get religion out of schools (replace "R.E." with something more productive), abolish state run schools which have religious affiliation.
      Gay Marriage: Legalize
      The Smoking Ban: Keep it and keep it as it is. There's no need to expand it or abolish it.
      Euthanasia: Legalize it.
      Prostitution: Illegal
      Embryonic Stem Cell Research: I don't have a problem with it. The pros far outweigh any cons.
      Immigration: I personally don't have a problem with the current system, although i'd support some stricter rules and regulations simply to put a stop to the rise of the far-right. Maybe like the Australian system.

      Economic Issues

      Taxes: I favour the LibDems' approach to taxation.
      Welfare state: Support it.
      Healthcare: Increase funding for the NHS.
      Education: Massively increase funding in education. As above, abolish religiously aligned schools. Encourage lessons to develop citizenship. Abolish tuition fees! Keep the Education Maintenance Allowance (E.M.A) and maybe extend the limit to £40,000 income to receive it. Make Sixth Form education compulsory. Abolish single-sex schools.
      Minimum Wage: Keep it and raise it.
      Infrastructure: Introduce congestion charges in all major cities, but massively cut prices for public transport.
      Energy Policy: Build more wind farms and put up solar panels. Take advantage of tidal power and other renewable resources.

      Foreign Issues

      European Union: Further intergrate with Europe although I oppose a federal "United States of Europe".
      Iraq: Withdraw troops now. Blair was stupid for going along with GWB.
      Afghanistan: Increase troop numbers there.
      Military Involvement: Attack only if attacked or directly threatened. Don't blindly follow the US like with Iraq.
      Military Budget: CUTCUTCUT!

      Domestic Issues

      Devolution: Support the assemblies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as long as Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland MPs aren't allowed to vote on England-only matters OR form an English Parliment just for English issues and keep the current Houses of Parliament for UK-wide issues.
      Scottish/Welsh Independance: Oppose! Keep the United Kingdom united.
      Voting and elections: Keep the voting age at 18. Introduce a Proportional Representation electoral system, similar to the German system. NOT AV. Give constituents the ability to re-call their MP. Democratically elect members 100% of the House of Lords, no appointments or hereditary peers or bishops or anyone who isn't accountable to an electorate. Allow party members to elect their party's leader.
      Monarchy: Abolish it completely. Become the United Republic and let the public elect the head of state.

      Changes in italics.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on May 08, 2010, 10:02:56 am
      Constitutional Issues

      Summary - Radicalism

      Monarchy - Abolish and replace with an elected head of state who would have powers somewhat similar to those of the US president. The head of state would be elected every 3 years in separate presidential elections.

      Second chamber - Abolish the House of Lords by flooding it with friendly peers and leave the Commons as the only body able to create legislation. However, increase the size of the Commons so for every 100,000 people in Britain, there is a representative.

      Fixed elections - Hold Commons elections biannually. The party with the most seats in the Commons would form the new legislative government and have Prime Minister. The Prime Minister would have somewhat less power than now.

      Constitution - Create a Bill of Rights to protect British liberties, and empower the Supreme Court to defend them. Also, codify the constitution. Amendments would be approved first by a vote of over 60% in the Commons and then by a national referendum.

      Devolution - Every region shall be granted an assembly with Swiss canton style powers. The regions shall be roughly drawn up along traditional county lines. Elections to the Assembly would be held annually. Each Assembly would also have a constitution.

      Local government - Abolish the confusing current system and instead create one type of Local Authority. Municipal elections are to be held annually, as they are now.

      Voting system - Saint-Lague proportional representation for the Commons and Assemblies. Local government to be elected via FPTP. Voting age to be lowered to 16 for general and Assembly elections and 14 for municipal elections. Those serving under 20 years in prison or those who are mentally ill shall be granted suffrage.

      Church of England - Disestablish and create a secular Britain.

      Criminal code - Create one.

      Moral issues

      Summary - Broadly communitarian

      Gay marriage - Get the state out of marriage, preferably. If not, then simply legalise gay marriage along the same sort of lines as normal marriage. While we're at it, legalise polygamy. Finally, end the ban on MSM's giving blood.

      Abortion - Leave week limit as it is. Partial-birth abortion should be banned however. Allow abortion on request.

      Smoking ban - Everyone has the right to clean air. Keep it.

      Fox hunting - Keep illegal and possibly extend the ban to all hunting. It is simply cruelty in the name of 'sport'

      Euthanasia - Legalise, I don't see any reasons for forcing people to live if they are of sound mind and have expressed their wish to end their life.

      Prostitution - I have no problem with call girls etc., but pimping, brothels and street prostitution should all remain illegal and be punished harshly.

      Death penalty - Restore for murder, treason and terrorism. Method of execution should be firing squad. Also, make sure those serving life sentences cannot be released before 40 years have elapsed.

      Drugs - Legalise soft drugs (i.e., cannabis, amphetamines, LSD) and tax them at a rate similar to tobacco. The War on Drugs has been an utter failure.

      Age of consent - Lower to 14. The current laws are pretty ridiculous to be quite honest.

      Gun control - Keep all guns banned. They're a menace.

      Civil liberties - Scrap the ID card scheme, lower the detention without trial limit to 7 days, stop keeping innocent people's fingerprints etc.

      Censorship - The new constitution would prevent the government banning anything it does not like.

      Sunday trading - Oppose.

      Economic issues

      Summary - Socialist

      Ministry - Abolish the Treasury etc. and create a huge Department for Economic Planning and Reconstruction with one superminister and many subministers.

      Public ownership - My most important issue. All of the following should be taken completely under national control: Coal, railways, iron and steel, electricity, oil, aerospace, sugar, cement, insurance, land, textiles, road haulage (involved in haulage of publicly owned goods), telecoms, civil aviation, ports and shipbuilding. The following should be municipally controlled: water, gas and buses. Some banking should also be nationalised. Finally, all formerly British car manufacturers should be nationalised and reorganised. Re-privatisation of the auto industry could possibly take place later. Bus, truck, motorbike and van manufacture should also be nationalised. A National Economic Planning Council should be established to organise co-operation between nationalised industry. Commence MASSIVE reconstruction of British manufacturing - paper and cotton industries should also be revived under national control.

      Trade - Tariffs on coal, iron, steel, cotton and automobiles to protect British industry. Possibly extend elsewhere later on. In particular, focus on raising quality standards thus keeping out mass produced Asian goods and allowing British businesses with higher wage rates to compete.

      Taxation - Introduce land value taxation. Abolish income tax for those earning under £20,000 per annum and levy a top rate of 90% on those who earn over £1,000,000 per annum. Income redistribution should be a primary aim. Abolish inheritance tax except on the very rich. Introduce some carbon taxes to encourage cleaner and more efficient industry. Make National Insurance a progressive rather than flat tax.

      Healthcare - Abolish prescription charges and renationalise health services such as cleaning which are privately owned. Launch a new campaign to stamp out venereal disease and offer free contraception in high schools and colleges. Take up Labour's pledge to allow people to see a cancer specialist within a week. Nationalise all private healthcare. I'm largely indifferent to polytechnics.. let the community decide.

      Education - Add Finance to the high school curriculum and remove R.E. Require ALL schools to teach sex education. Nationalise religious and private schools. Bring back free school milk and ensure free, healthy school meals for primary school children. Raise EMA limit and drastically lower tuition fees. End single-gender schools.

      Minimum Wage - Raise to £8.50 in 2010 pounds and fix it to inflation. Equalise the 18-21 rate with this. The 16-17 rate should be raised and tied to inflation at £5.50

      Welfare - Introduce month long paternity leave. Create a 'national care service' for the elderly. Legislate to enforce an 8 hour working day for blue-collar workers and introduce a workfare system for unemployment benefits.

      Energy - Focus on solar and hydro-electric power. Use wind or nuclear power only if absolutely neccesary.

      Environment - Invest heavily in home insulation and clean electricity. Introduce a system of polluter permits for industry.

      Immigration - Keep as it is pretty much, maybe an Australian style system.

      Pensions - Restore average earnings link.

      Equal pay - Sign into law an act requiring all companies with over 100 employees to issue reports annually related to men and women's pay. Prosecute businesses that clearly discriminate on basis of gender. Also, create a new act ensuring that equal pay extends also to racial, disability, sexuality grounds.

      Affirmative action - Support on class and gender basis. Oppose on racial basis.

      Unions - Repeal ALL Thatcher and Major legislation that restricted trade union action. Work for collective bargaining.

      Anti-trust law - Enforce vigorously. Large supermarket chains and agribusiness to be broken up into smaller, more competitive parts.

      Global warming - Doesn't exist.

      Foreign Policy

      Summary - Socialism in one country

      Europe - Second most important issue. QUIT! NOW!!!!!!!!

      International organisations - Quit NATO, the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO

      Afghanistan - Withdraw troops immediately.

      War - Only get involved in wars if we are directly attacked.

      Nuclear policy - Third most important issue. Disarm all our nuclear weapons. We have no right to preach to other countries about nuclear weapons until we have  gotten rid of our own.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Хahar 🤔 on May 10, 2010, 01:30:44 am
      However, increase the size of the Commons so for every 100,000 people in Britain, there is a representative.

      !!!

      The Commons is already huge.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on May 10, 2010, 04:17:32 am
      However, increase the size of the Commons so for every 100,000 people in Britain, there is a representative.

      !!!

      The Commons is already huge.

      This would mean the Commons would have about 610 members at present. Which is less.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mechaman on May 10, 2010, 09:49:51 am
      God when did Winston become such a protectionist?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ComeAndTakeIt53 on May 29, 2010, 10:08:53 pm
      Abortion: Against, unless in the case of rape or if the woman's life is on the line.
      Separation of church and state: Garbage term that liberals use to make Christian's leave the religion.
      Affirmative action:
      Hate crimes: They're obviously bad...
      Gun control: Worst idea in history....may I mind you that Hitler was the first leader to make you register your guns....You should have to register to own a gun and be 18 and also be 18 and register for conceal and carry, other special licenses, etc.. But registering each individual gun is WAY too much and it's none of the government's business. There has to be some form of gun control, though, what am I just going to go out and buy a missile launcher?
      Death penalty: For it. It's not cruel and unusual at all because if you're getting it chances are what you did was cruel and unusual.
      Flag burning: Obviously, against it.
      Euthanasia: Against it.
      Prostitution: Against it.
      Immigration: Fine with it as long as they do it legall.
      Taxes: Even though we need them, the lower the better. Abolish income tax and the Federal Reserve, though.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: President Mitt on June 03, 2010, 11:19:24 am
      may I mind you that Hitler was the first leader to make you register your guns

      So, based on this logic, since Hitler was a vegetarian, should we start burning down forests and slaughtering every animal on sight without hesitation?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on June 03, 2010, 04:55:14 pm
      Yay godwin's law.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Mint on June 07, 2010, 10:30:39 pm
      Looks like we agree on abortion (well honestly, I'd go further), gun control (ditto), drugs, elections, farm subsidies, transportation and NASA.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Swedish Austerity Cheese on June 08, 2010, 06:04:23 am
      Economic Issues:

      Budget: No man is free if he's in debt, as Göran Persson said. Defecits should never be allowed except as a last desperate resorte in times of crisis.
      Income Tax: Keep income tax on a reasonable level. Support a progressive  income tax, but not to the extent of the current Swedish one.
      Property Taxes: The rates were a horribly unfair system that hurt middleclass homeowners, and should not be reinstated.
      Inheritance Tax: We should not tax people because their loved ones die, and have some of their property transferred.
      Green Taxes: Support to some extent, but some of them are simply stupid.
      Privatisation: Mostly in favour. The Swedish goverment should not be in the business of running corporations. (Support them maintaining control over Swedish Railroads though)

      Domestic Issues:

      Lower Education: Support stricter disipline in Swedish Schools. A new grading system is needed.
      Higher Education: Free education is important in order for people to be able to advance in society. No College or University fees. Accessability to a school should be based on a person's knowledge, not their economic background.   
      Labour Unions: Swedish Labour Unions are outdated and undemocratic. They should be forced to reform, and their power should be diminished radicly.
      Law and Order: Harsher punishments for rapists, murderers, and people who commit other violent crimes. Stop treating offenders like victims, and victims like offenders.
      Public transport: Prices should be kept at a low level. Pensioners should get free travel.
      Immigration: Stricer rules and stricter enforcement. More efforts to help immigrants intergrate into Swedish Society is needed so they don't get stuck in the million-project suburbs forever. Higher requirments for Swedish Citizenship.   
       
      Social Issues:

      Gay Rights: Strongly support same-sex marriage and adoption.
      Euthanasia: There should be a legal option for you to end your life in certain situations.
      Abortion: Moderatly Pro-life. Regulation should be kept very strict, but a total ban would only lead women to commit illegal abortions instead.   
      Drinking Age: People should have the right to purchase alcohol when they turn 18.

      Foregin Issues:

      European Union: Eurosceptic. The EU's power needs to be decreased, and given back to the national legislators.
      The Euro: Has proven to be a bad idea. Keep the own Swedish currency.
      NATO: Swedish Military should continue to co-operate with Nato, but not become a full member.

      Constituional Issues:

      Decentralisation: Strongly support. More power to local goverment.
      New regions: Support merging the current counties into regions in theory, although I hate the idea of Skåne being forced together with Blekinge.
      Monarchy: The benefits of maintaining the monarchy outnumbers the benefits of abolishing it. The kingship is more of a symbol than a political office anyway, so to me electing it would be like having a vote on the Swedish Flag every four years. 







      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on June 08, 2010, 04:22:32 pm

      European Union: Eurosceptic. The EU's power needs to be decreased, and given back to the national legislators.
      The Euro: Has proven to be a bad idea. Keep the own Swedish currency.

      <3 <3 <3


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: So rightwing that I broke the Political Compass! on June 09, 2010, 04:38:51 pm
      Constitutional Issues

      Summary – Public empowerment+meritocracy


      •   Campaign finance reform: Donations of more then a $1000 from any single individual forbidden. Church/business/union role in campaign financing or organization forbidden. Attempts to circumvent this sneakily forbidden.

      •   Political representation: The Tasmanian system. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Tasmania)

      •   Constitution: A fairly standard set of negative and positive rights(ie. Freedom of speech, entitlement to healthcare/water/food and so on). Distinctively I advocate a greater emphasis on freedom of association then most people embrace, and “freedom of community”(as opposed to the current system of mandatory individualism). Also I see very little value in the right of privacy from the government, so long a checks and balances exist to prevent abuses.

      •   Local government – If the citizens took local government seriously, I would support significant Swiss-style devolution. They do not, however. The obvious remedy would be mandatory turnout at elections +making local government more important, but that could backfire.

      •   Meritocracy: In many countries, the judiciary has very significant de facto legislative power. Given that precedent, I think the most learned individuals should play a greater role(albeit perhaps not a direct legislative role) in the political system. It is a travesty for example that scientists have not been able to exert more pressure on the political system to act against global warming.



      Societal issues

      Summary – Progressive communitarianism(as opposed to progressive individualism which goes by the name of “liberalism”)


      •   Civil unions: Marriage is a symbolic/religious term and the state need not define it, consensus is unnecessary. Civil unions should not discriminate based upon sexuality. Civil unions should be separated into two distinct forms, childless CU’s and CU’s responsible for children. The standard pre-nuptial agreement of each partner receiving approximately what they have earned rather then arbitrary 50-50 split should be the default settlement in cases of divorce.

      •   Demographics: Structure social engineering policies upon two main goals: firstly bringing the birthrate up to something approximating 2(replacement level), and secondly balancing the class imbalance(birthrates correlating with poverty) which hinders government’s push to reduce poverty rates. This to be achieved through using tax and welfare policies as leverage, as well as maternal entitlements.


      •   Abortion/contraception – Free and encouraged amongst those judged unlikely to be fit parents(ie. Teenagers/drug abusers etc). Should also be encouraged in the case of fetuses determined to suffer serious genetic disorders. If sociopathy turns out to have a genetic component, would support mandatory abortion of fetuses found to have it(probably the only case I would support mandatory abortion). 


      •   Addictive substances/prostitution: Legalize(on account of undeniable failure) but push out of the public sphere through public smoking bans and the like. If at some point surveillance technologies advance to the point that prohibition of such activities can be successfully enforced, I would support renewal of bans.

      •   Environmentalism: Passionately consider combating of global warming to be the great test of my generation’s worth, if not its raison d’être. IF it was politically viable I would support the transition of global society to Vegetarianism(with the possible exception of meats which cause the least in the way of environmental burden), on account of animal farming being so much more environmentally burdensome then agriculture and the immense strain fishing as imposed upon our oceans. Emphasis on conservation. Emphasis on urban/suburban environments being “greened” to a greater extent.   

      •   Crime: Petty criminals(such as those leading to sentences of less then 1 year/6 months) should not be immersed in criminal culture, as they often leave more criminal then they entered- I’m not sure what the best alternative is. Paedophiles and rapists should be chemically castrated. I’m ambivalent about the death penalty- though I would support it being applied in severe cases of political or corporate corruption, as well as perhaps serial killers.

      •   Gun control: Support ban, though would be supportive of investigation into the viability of public access to defensive tasers.

      •   Civil Liberties vs Civil Securities: I come down in favour of the latter almost every single time. The idiotic objections(sorry to be blunt but its true) to keeping the DNA of innocent people on a government database strikes me as particularly ludicrous- what possible harm could come of that? Modern surveillance and ID card strategies I am currently ambivalent about not from a civil liberties standpoint but rather because the technology has not progressed enough to be particularly useful. Once ID cards can be replaced with high-tech ID chips(mandatory, ideally), security dividends will truly manifest themselves.

      •   Multiculturalism/Immigration: I am ambivalent about multiculturalism for multiculturalism’s sake(the odd idea that diversity correlates with success seems disproven when one looks at homogenous societies like South Korea and Japan), sympathetic to calls for higher degree of assimilation and Western cultural assertiveness. Also, most immigration policies seem tailored to deprive developing countries of their most productive citizens. However the threat posed by demographic and skills gaps will take a generation at least to fix, therefore necessitating high rates of immigration to counterbalance them until they stabilize. Government should reject anti-refugee silliness currently pervading my country, rather than pander to it as it currently is. 

      •   Government should do what it can to encourage secularism and intellectualism.



      Economic issues

      Summary – Democratic Socialist


      •   Taxation: Land Value tax should be a core basis of tax revenue. Also carbon taxes should be implemented. Income tax should become more progressive. Sin taxes should be expanded to the least healthy foods.

      •   Public ownership: Public control(or in certain cases semi-control) of national resources, infrastructure and healthcare system is vital. A public bank should be established with preferential loans to particular causes(ie. Student loans, first time home buyers and renewable energy/energy efficiency loans)

      •   Renewable energy/energy efficiency: Stimulate economy primarily through investment in renewable energy technologies and public transport. There are countless ways to expand renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency, to numerous to mention. Through use of the public bank’s preferential loans, the government could increase the pace- in exchange for those loans, the government would keep half the financial gain resultant from increased energy efficiency, which could be dedicated towards financing further renewable/efficiency investment.

      •   Trade: Ambivalent on free trade. A fair trade strategy to help bolster the economies of developing countries, coupled with common sense trade restrictions to counter mercantilist strategy from countries such as China, would be most desirable- coupled with an attempt to shift our economy towards less reliance on natural resource exports.

      •   Education: Free university in exchange for… say 5/7 hours of public service in the community per week. Beyond that I’m not well informed enough to propose anything.

      •   Institute a workfare system modeled on Denmark’s.

      •   Protect pensions and extend government care for the elderly.

      •   Strengthen anti-trust laws

      •   Cease agricultural subsidies towards large agribuisiness.

      •   Exploit the water supplies of Australia’s North and consider exploiting its agricultural capacity.

      •   Oppose affirmative action based on race, favour it on a socioeconomic basis.



      Foreign Policy

      Summary – Standard egalatarian internationalism.


      •   Military budget: As “a future fair for all” said, “CUTCUTCUT!”
      •   Implement fair trade policies and expand aid to third world countries conditional on those countries taking serious action regarding their greenhouse gas emissions.
      •   Iraq and Afghanistan: Withdraw from former, stay in latter until the deadline Obama proclaimed(if it drags on past that, leave).
      •   Iran: Would support bombing if all else fails.
      •   Play as cooperative and active a role as a nation of our minor importance can in matters requiring international cooperation for global benefit.






      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RI on June 10, 2010, 04:39:40 pm
      Constitutional Issues

      Summary – Public empowerment+meritocracy


      •   Campaign finance reform: Donations of more then a $1000 from any single individual forbidden. Church/business/union role in campaign financing or organization forbidden. Attempts to circumvent this sneakily forbidden.

      •   Political representation: The Tasmanian system. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Tasmania)

      •   Constitution: A fairly standard set of negative and positive rights(ie. Freedom of speech, entitlement to healthcare/water/food and so on). Distinctively I advocate a greater emphasis on freedom of association then most people embrace, and “freedom of community”(as opposed to the current system of mandatory individualism). Also I see very little value in the right of privacy from the government, so long a checks and balances exist to prevent abuses.

      •   Local government – If the citizens took local government seriously, I would support significant Swiss-style devolution. They do not, however. The obvious remedy would be mandatory turnout at elections +making local government more important, but that could backfire.

      •   Meritocracy: In many countries, the judiciary has very significant de facto legislative power. Given that precedent, I think the most learned individuals should play a greater role(albeit perhaps not a direct legislative role) in the political system. It is a travesty for example that scientists have not been able to exert more pressure on the political system to act against global warming.



      Societal issues

      Summary – Progressive communitarianism(as opposed to progressive individualism which goes by the name of “liberalism”)


      •   Civil unions: Marriage is a symbolic/religious term and the state need not define it, consensus is unnecessary. Civil unions should not discriminate based upon sexuality. Civil unions should be separated into two distinct forms, childless CU’s and CU’s responsible for children. The standard pre-nuptial agreement of each partner receiving approximately what they have earned rather then arbitrary 50-50 split should be the default settlement in cases of divorce.

      •   Demographics: Structure social engineering policies upon two main goals: firstly bringing the birthrate up to something approximating 2(replacement level), and secondly balancing the class imbalance(birthrates correlating with poverty) which hinders government’s push to reduce poverty rates. This to be achieved through using tax and welfare policies as leverage, as well as maternal entitlements.


      •   Abortion/contraception – Free and encouraged amongst those judged unlikely to be fit parents(ie. Teenagers/drug abusers etc). Should also be encouraged in the case of fetuses determined to suffer serious genetic disorders. If sociopathy turns out to have a genetic component, would support mandatory abortion of fetuses found to have it(probably the only case I would support mandatory abortion).  


      •   Addictive substances/prostitution: Legalize(on account of undeniable failure) but push out of the public sphere through public smoking bans and the like. If at some point surveillance technologies advance to the point that prohibition of such activities can be successfully enforced, I would support renewal of bans.

      •   Environmentalism: Passionately consider combating of global warming to be the great test of my generation’s worth, if not its raison d’être. IF it was politically viable I would support the transition of global society to Vegetarianism(with the possible exception of meats which cause the least in the way of environmental burden), on account of animal farming being so much more environmentally burdensome then agriculture and the immense strain fishing as imposed upon our oceans. Emphasis on conservation. Emphasis on urban/suburban environments being “greened” to a greater extent.  

      •   Crime: Petty criminals(such as those leading to sentences of less then 1 year/6 months) should not be immersed in criminal culture, as they often leave more criminal then they entered- I’m not sure what the best alternative is. Paedophiles and rapists should be chemically castrated. I’m ambivalent about the death penalty- though I would support it being applied in severe cases of political or corporate corruption, as well as perhaps serial killers.

      •   Gun control: Support ban, though would be supportive of investigation into the viability of public access to defensive tasers.

      •   Civil Liberties vs Civil Securities: I come down in favour of the latter almost every single time. The idiotic objections(sorry to be blunt but its true) to keeping the DNA of innocent people on a government database strikes me as particularly ludicrous- what possible harm could come of that? Modern surveillance and ID card strategies I am currently ambivalent about not from a civil liberties standpoint but rather because the technology has not progressed enough to be particularly useful. Once ID cards can be replaced with high-tech ID chips(mandatory, ideally), security dividends will truly manifest themselves.

      •   Multiculturalism/Immigration: I am ambivalent about multiculturalism for multiculturalism’s sake(the odd idea that diversity correlates with success seems disproven when one looks at homogenous societies like South Korea and Japan), sympathetic to calls for higher degree of assimilation and Western cultural assertiveness. Also, most immigration policies seem tailored to deprive developing countries of their most productive citizens. However the threat posed by demographic and skills gaps will take a generation at least to fix, therefore necessitating high rates of immigration to counterbalance them until they stabilize. Government should reject anti-refugee silliness currently pervading my country, rather than pander to it as it currently is.  

      •   Government should do what it can to encourage secularism and intellectualism.



      Economic issues

      Summary – Democratic Socialist


      •   Taxation: Land Value tax should be a core basis of tax revenue. Also carbon taxes should be implemented. Income tax should become more progressive. Sin taxes should be expanded to the least healthy foods.

      •   Public ownership: Public control(or in certain cases semi-control) of national resources, infrastructure and healthcare system is vital. A public bank should be established with preferential loans to particular causes(ie. Student loans, first time home buyers and renewable energy/energy efficiency loans)

      •   Renewable energy/energy efficiency: Stimulate economy primarily through investment in renewable energy technologies and public transport. There are countless ways to expand renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency, to numerous to mention. Through use of the public bank’s preferential loans, the government could increase the pace- in exchange for those loans, the government would keep half the financial gain resultant from increased energy efficiency, which could be dedicated towards financing further renewable/efficiency investment.

      •   Trade: Ambivalent on free trade. A fair trade strategy to help bolster the economies of developing countries, coupled with common sense trade restrictions to counter mercantilist strategy from countries such as China, would be most desirable- coupled with an attempt to shift our economy towards less reliance on natural resource exports.

      •   Education: Free university in exchange for… say 5/7 hours of public service in the community per week. Beyond that I’m not well informed enough to propose anything.

      •   Institute a workfare system modeled on Denmark’s.

      •   Protect pensions and extend government care for the elderly.

      •   Strengthen anti-trust laws

      •   Cease agricultural subsidies towards large agribuisiness.

      •   Exploit the water supplies of Australia’s North and consider exploiting its agricultural capacity.

      •   Oppose affirmative action based on race, favour it on a socioeconomic basis.



      Foreign Policy

      Summary – Standard egalatarian internationalism.


      •   Military budget: As “a future fair for all” said, “CUTCUTCUT!”
      •   Implement fair trade policies and expand aid to third world countries conditional on those countries taking serious action regarding their greenhouse gas emissions.
      •   Iraq and Afghanistan: Withdraw from former, stay in latter until the deadline Obama proclaimed(if it drags on past that, leave).
      •   Iran: Would support bombing if all else fails.
      •   Play as cooperative and active a role as a nation of our minor importance can in matters requiring international cooperation for global benefit.

      You certainly have a more interesting set of views than most around here. It's a rare occurence to see someone who actually has something of a communitarian ideology on this forum.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on June 10, 2010, 04:44:08 pm
      Constitutional Issues

      Summary – Public empowerment+meritocracy


      •   Campaign finance reform: Donations of more then a $1000 from any single individual forbidden. Church/business/union role in campaign financing or organization forbidden. Attempts to circumvent this sneakily forbidden.

      •   Political representation: The Tasmanian system. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Tasmania)

      •   Constitution: A fairly standard set of negative and positive rights(ie. Freedom of speech, entitlement to healthcare/water/food and so on). Distinctively I advocate a greater emphasis on freedom of association then most people embrace, and “freedom of community”(as opposed to the current system of mandatory individualism). Also I see very little value in the right of privacy from the government, so long a checks and balances exist to prevent abuses.

      •   Local government – If the citizens took local government seriously, I would support significant Swiss-style devolution. They do not, however. The obvious remedy would be mandatory turnout at elections +making local government more important, but that could backfire.

      •   Meritocracy: In many countries, the judiciary has very significant de facto legislative power. Given that precedent, I think the most learned individuals should play a greater role(albeit perhaps not a direct legislative role) in the political system. It is a travesty for example that scientists have not been able to exert more pressure on the political system to act against global warming.



      Societal issues

      Summary – Progressive communitarianism(as opposed to progressive individualism which goes by the name of “liberalism”)


      •   Civil unions: Marriage is a symbolic/religious term and the state need not define it, consensus is unnecessary. Civil unions should not discriminate based upon sexuality. Civil unions should be separated into two distinct forms, childless CU’s and CU’s responsible for children. The standard pre-nuptial agreement of each partner receiving approximately what they have earned rather then arbitrary 50-50 split should be the default settlement in cases of divorce.

      •   Demographics: Structure social engineering policies upon two main goals: firstly bringing the birthrate up to something approximating 2(replacement level), and secondly balancing the class imbalance(birthrates correlating with poverty) which hinders government’s push to reduce poverty rates. This to be achieved through using tax and welfare policies as leverage, as well as maternal entitlements.


      •   Abortion/contraception – Free and encouraged amongst those judged unlikely to be fit parents(ie. Teenagers/drug abusers etc). Should also be encouraged in the case of fetuses determined to suffer serious genetic disorders. If sociopathy turns out to have a genetic component, would support mandatory abortion of fetuses found to have it(probably the only case I would support mandatory abortion).  


      •   Addictive substances/prostitution: Legalize(on account of undeniable failure) but push out of the public sphere through public smoking bans and the like. If at some point surveillance technologies advance to the point that prohibition of such activities can be successfully enforced, I would support renewal of bans.

      •   Environmentalism: Passionately consider combating of global warming to be the great test of my generation’s worth, if not its raison d’être. IF it was politically viable I would support the transition of global society to Vegetarianism(with the possible exception of meats which cause the least in the way of environmental burden), on account of animal farming being so much more environmentally burdensome then agriculture and the immense strain fishing as imposed upon our oceans. Emphasis on conservation. Emphasis on urban/suburban environments being “greened” to a greater extent.  

      •   Crime: Petty criminals(such as those leading to sentences of less then 1 year/6 months) should not be immersed in criminal culture, as they often leave more criminal then they entered- I’m not sure what the best alternative is. Paedophiles and rapists should be chemically castrated. I’m ambivalent about the death penalty- though I would support it being applied in severe cases of political or corporate corruption, as well as perhaps serial killers.

      •   Gun control: Support ban, though would be supportive of investigation into the viability of public access to defensive tasers.

      •   Civil Liberties vs Civil Securities: I come down in favour of the latter almost every single time. The idiotic objections(sorry to be blunt but its true) to keeping the DNA of innocent people on a government database strikes me as particularly ludicrous- what possible harm could come of that? Modern surveillance and ID card strategies I am currently ambivalent about not from a civil liberties standpoint but rather because the technology has not progressed enough to be particularly useful. Once ID cards can be replaced with high-tech ID chips(mandatory, ideally), security dividends will truly manifest themselves.

      •   Multiculturalism/Immigration: I am ambivalent about multiculturalism for multiculturalism’s sake(the odd idea that diversity correlates with success seems disproven when one looks at homogenous societies like South Korea and Japan), sympathetic to calls for higher degree of assimilation and Western cultural assertiveness. Also, most immigration policies seem tailored to deprive developing countries of their most productive citizens. However the threat posed by demographic and skills gaps will take a generation at least to fix, therefore necessitating high rates of immigration to counterbalance them until they stabilize. Government should reject anti-refugee silliness currently pervading my country, rather than pander to it as it currently is.  

      •   Government should do what it can to encourage secularism and intellectualism.



      Economic issues

      Summary – Democratic Socialist


      •   Taxation: Land Value tax should be a core basis of tax revenue. Also carbon taxes should be implemented. Income tax should become more progressive. Sin taxes should be expanded to the least healthy foods.

      •   Public ownership: Public control(or in certain cases semi-control) of national resources, infrastructure and healthcare system is vital. A public bank should be established with preferential loans to particular causes(ie. Student loans, first time home buyers and renewable energy/energy efficiency loans)

      •   Renewable energy/energy efficiency: Stimulate economy primarily through investment in renewable energy technologies and public transport. There are countless ways to expand renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency, to numerous to mention. Through use of the public bank’s preferential loans, the government could increase the pace- in exchange for those loans, the government would keep half the financial gain resultant from increased energy efficiency, which could be dedicated towards financing further renewable/efficiency investment.

      •   Trade: Ambivalent on free trade. A fair trade strategy to help bolster the economies of developing countries, coupled with common sense trade restrictions to counter mercantilist strategy from countries such as China, would be most desirable- coupled with an attempt to shift our economy towards less reliance on natural resource exports.

      •   Education: Free university in exchange for… say 5/7 hours of public service in the community per week. Beyond that I’m not well informed enough to propose anything.

      •   Institute a workfare system modeled on Denmark’s.

      •   Protect pensions and extend government care for the elderly.

      •   Strengthen anti-trust laws

      •   Cease agricultural subsidies towards large agribuisiness.

      •   Exploit the water supplies of Australia’s North and consider exploiting its agricultural capacity.

      •   Oppose affirmative action based on race, favour it on a socioeconomic basis.



      Foreign Policy

      Summary – Standard egalatarian internationalism.


      •   Military budget: As “a future fair for all” said, “CUTCUTCUT!”
      •   Implement fair trade policies and expand aid to third world countries conditional on those countries taking serious action regarding their greenhouse gas emissions.
      •   Iraq and Afghanistan: Withdraw from former, stay in latter until the deadline Obama proclaimed(if it drags on past that, leave).
      •   Iran: Would support bombing if all else fails.
      •   Play as cooperative and active a role as a nation of our minor importance can in matters requiring international cooperation for global benefit.

      You certainly have a more interesting set of views than most around here. It's a rare occurence to see someone who actually has something of a communitarian ideology on this forum.

      :'(


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: So rightwing that I broke the Political Compass! on June 11, 2010, 02:54:53 am
      You certainly have a more interesting set of views than most around here. It's a rare occurence to see someone who actually has something of a communitarian ideology on this forum.
      Sadly yes, my ideology is a fringe one... even the libertarians have more of a following then we communitarians do :(

      Well that's not entirely true, fundamentalist communitarians("conservative communitarians") have a large folloWing. But secular communitarians like me("progressive communitarians") have very little presence anywhere- or to be more accurate, very little voice. Our views, in my experience, are quite common amongst the Australian populace(then again, my perception's biased)


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ?????????? on June 11, 2010, 11:10:51 am
      Wow, mandatory abortion? If you were the leader of my nation I'd openly call for a military coup of your dictatorship.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: So rightwing that I broke the Political Compass! on June 11, 2010, 11:57:32 am
      Dictatorship? Did you read the "constitutional issues" part? The part specifying a more potent democracy then currently exists anywhere? *smirk*

      If I was the leader of your nation, their would be no need for a coup, you could immigrate to a sociopath-allowing country if you so wanted. Meanwhile citizens of my country would enjoy a sociopath-free society(well, a few generations down the line). Compared to a society suffering sociopaths(as the well as the "race to the bottom" effect they have on the morality of non-sociopaths) it would be veritably utopian.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RIP Robert H Bork on June 11, 2010, 12:00:05 pm
      Wow, mandatory abortion? If you were the leader of my nation I'd openly call for a military coup of your dictatorship.

      ^^^^


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: So rightwing that I broke the Political Compass! on June 11, 2010, 12:02:29 pm
      I'm curious: do you think the (mainland)Chinese people should stage a coup against their government on account of the one-child policy enforced(often through forced abortions) there?


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: You kip if you want to... on June 11, 2010, 12:12:15 pm
      However, increase the size of the Commons so for every 100,000 people in Britain, there is a representative.

      !!!

      The Commons is already huge.

      If there was an MP to every 100,000 people, that'd be 440 MPs for 44,000,000 eligible voters, so the commons would actually lose 210 MPs...


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Phony Moderate on June 11, 2010, 01:02:16 pm
      Economic Issues:

      Budget: We need to cut wasteful spending on, for example, the military and defence, and increase on things like the NHS, education and pensions.

      Income Tax: Cut taxes for the poor and working class. Increase on the rich.

      Green Taxes: I support them.

      Privatisation: Against. We should re-nationalize everything that Labour and the Tories have privatised since 1979.

      Domestic Issues:

      Education: Abolish student top-up fees. Increase teacher's pay and abolish unneeded testing. Reduce class sizes. 
       
      Labour Unions: I support them. Give them more power.

      Law and Order: I strongly oppose the death penalty. I think that law and order is an area where spending can be reduced.

      Public transport: Re-nationalize British Rail.

      Immigration: End all restrictions. Grant amnesty to illegal immigrants.
       
      Social Issues:

      Gay Rights: Strongly support same-sex marriage and adoption.

      Euthanasia: There should be a legal option for you to end your life in any situation.
       
      Abortion: Strongly pro-choice.   

      Drinking Age: Abolish drinking age limit.

      Foregin Issues:

      European Union: Has it's good points and bad points. I support staying in.
      Iraq and Afghanistan: Withdraw from both countries as soon as possible.

      Constituional Issues:

      Voting Reform: I support either a PR, AV or IRV system to replace FPTP. I also support a registered voting system like the USA have, and i also support Primaries, like in the USA.

      Monarchy: I support abolishing the Monarchy. After that, we should put in place Presidential Elections every four years, on a fixed date. We should keep the House of Commons (but use one of the alternative voting systems that i mentioned above), and the Leader of the biggest party should be the Prime Minister. We should make the House of Lords into an elected Senate (again, using one of the alternative voting systems that i mentioned above).



      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on June 11, 2010, 01:08:02 pm

      Privatisation: Against. We should re-nationalize everything that Labour and the Tories have privatised since 1979.

      +road haulage


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: ?????????? on June 11, 2010, 01:41:10 pm
      Yes rockingham. The Chinese govt is a horribly repressive body which should be destroyed by actual believers in freedom, unlike you.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on June 11, 2010, 02:02:33 pm
      Constitutional Issues

      Summary - Radicalism

      Monarchy - Abolish and replace with an elected head of state who would have powers somewhat similar to those of the US president. The head of state would be elected every 3 years in separate presidential elections.

      Second chamber - Abolish the House of Lords by flooding it with friendly peers and leave the Commons as the only body able to create legislation. However, increase the size of the Commons so for every 100,000 people in Britain, there is a representative.

      Fixed elections - Hold Commons elections biannually. The party with the most seats in the Commons would form the new legislative government and have Prime Minister. The Prime Minister would have somewhat less power than now.

      Constitution - Create a Bill of Rights to protect British liberties, and empower the Supreme Court to defend them. Also, codify the constitution. Amendments would be approved first by a vote of over 60% in the Commons and then by a national referendum.

      Devolution - Every region shall be granted an assembly with Swiss canton style powers. The regions shall be roughly drawn up along traditional county lines. Elections to the Assembly would be held annually. Each Assembly would also have a constitution.

      Local government - Abolish the confusing current system and instead create one type of Local Authority. Municipal elections are to be held annually, as they are now.

      Voting system - Saint-Lague proportional representation for the Commons and Assemblies. Local government to be elected via FPTP. Voting age to be lowered to 16 for general and Assembly elections and 14 for municipal elections. Those serving under 20 years in prison or those who are mentally ill shall be granted suffrage.

      Church of England - Disestablish and create a secular Britain. Disestablish the Church of Scotland too

      Criminal code - Create one.

      Moral issues

      Summary - Broadly communitarian

      Gay marriage - Get the state out of marriage, preferably. If not, then simply legalise gay marriage along the same sort of lines as normal marriage. While we're at it, legalise polygamy. Finally, end the ban on MSM's giving blood.

      Abortion - Leave week limit as it is. Partial-birth abortion should be banned however. Allow abortion on request.

      Smoking ban - Everyone has the right to clean air. Keep it.

      Fox hunting - Keep illegal and possibly extend the ban to all hunting. It is simply cruelty in the name of 'sport'

      Euthanasia - Legalise, I don't see any reasons for forcing people to live if they are of sound mind and have expressed their wish to end their life.

      Prostitution - I have no problem with call girls etc., but pimping, brothels and street prostitution should all remain illegal and be punished harshly.

      Death penalty - Restore for murder, treason and terrorism and gun ownership. Method of execution should be firing squad. Also, make sure those serving life sentences cannot be released before 40 years have elapsed.

      Drugs - Legalise soft drugs (i.e., cannabis, amphetamines, LSD) and tax them at a rate similar to tobacco. The War on Drugs has been an utter failure.

      Age of consent - Lower to 14 13. The current laws are pretty ridiculous to be quite honest.

      Gun control - Keep all guns banned. They're a menace.

      Civil liberties - Scrap the ID card scheme, lower the detention without trial limit to 7 days, stop keeping innocent people's fingerprints etc.

      Censorship - The new constitution would prevent the government banning anything it does not like.

      Sunday trading - Oppose.

      Economic issues

      Summary - Socialist

      Ministry - Abolish the Treasury etc. and create a huge Department for Economic Planning and Reconstruction with one superminister and many subministers.

      Public ownership - My most important issue. All of the following should be taken completely under national control: Coal, railways, iron and steel, electricity, oil, aerospace, sugar, cement, insurance, land, textiles, road haulage (involved in haulage of publicly owned goods), telecoms, civil aviation, ports and shipbuilding. The following should be municipally controlled: water, gas and buses. Some banking should also be nationalised. Finally, all formerly British car manufacturers should be nationalised and reorganised. Re-privatisation of the auto industry could possibly take place later. Bus, truck, motorbike and van manufacture should also be nationalised. A National Economic Planning Council should be established to organise co-operation between nationalised industry. Commence MASSIVE reconstruction of British manufacturing - paper and cotton industries should also be revived under national control.

      Trade - Tariffs on coal, iron, steel, cotton and automobiles to protect British industry. Possibly extend elsewhere later on. In particular, focus on raising quality standards thus keeping out mass produced Asian goods and allowing British businesses with higher wage rates to compete.

      Taxation - Introduce land value taxation. Abolish income tax for those earning under £20,000 per annum and levy a top rate of 90% on those who earn over £1,000,000 per annum. Income redistribution should be a primary aim. Abolish inheritance tax except on the very rich. Introduce some carbon taxes to encourage cleaner and more efficient industry. Make National Insurance a progressive rather than flat tax.

      Healthcare - Abolish prescription charges and renationalise health services such as cleaning which are privately owned. Launch a new campaign to stamp out venereal disease and offer free contraception in high schools and colleges. Take up Labour's pledge to allow people to see a cancer specialist within a week. Nationalise all private healthcare. I'm largely indifferent to polytechnics.. let the community decide.

      Education - Add Finance to the high school curriculum and remove R.E. Require ALL schools to teach sex education. Nationalise religious and private schools. Bring back free school milk and ensure free, healthy school meals for primary school children. Raise EMA limit and drastically lower tuition fees. End single-gender schools.

      Minimum Wage - Raise to £8.50 in 2010 pounds and fix it to inflation. Equalise the 18-21 rate with this. The 16-17 rate should be raised and tied to inflation at £5.50

      Welfare - Introduce month long paternity leave. Create a 'national care service' for the elderly. Legislate to enforce an 8 hour working day for blue-collar workers and introduce a workfare system for unemployment benefits.

      Energy - Focus on solar and hydro-electric power. Use wind or nuclear power only if absolutely neccesary.

      Environment - Invest heavily in home insulation and clean electricity. Introduce a system of polluter permits for industry.

      Immigration - Keep as it is pretty much, maybe an Australian style system.

      Pensions - Restore average earnings link.

      Equal pay - Sign into law an act requiring all companies with over 100 employees to issue reports annually related to men and women's pay. Prosecute businesses that clearly discriminate on basis of gender. Also, create a new act ensuring that equal pay extends also to racial, disability, sexuality grounds.

      Affirmative action - Support on class and gender basis. Oppose on racial basis.

      Unions - Repeal ALL Thatcher and Major legislation that restricted trade union action. Work for collective bargaining.

      Anti-trust law - Enforce vigorously. Large supermarket chains and agribusiness to be broken up into smaller, more competitive parts.

      Global warming - Doesn't exist.

      Foreign Policy

      Summary - Socialism in one country

      Europe - Second most important issue. QUIT! NOW!!!!!!!!

      International organisations - Quit NATO, the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO

      Afghanistan - Withdraw troops immediately.

      War - Only get involved in wars if we are directly attacked.

      Nuclear policy - Third most important issue. Disarm all our nuclear weapons. We have no right to preach to other countries about nuclear weapons until we have  gotten rid of our own.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: President Mitt on June 11, 2010, 02:08:05 pm

      Death penalty - gun ownership.

      (http://serve.mysmiley.net/confused/confused0016.gif)


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: k-onmmunist on June 11, 2010, 02:14:10 pm

      Death penalty - gun ownership.

      (http://serve.mysmiley.net/confused/confused0016.gif)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumbria_shootings


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Obnoxiously Slutty Girly Girl on June 11, 2010, 02:28:30 pm

      Death penalty - gun ownership.

      (http://serve.mysmiley.net/confused/confused0016.gif)

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumbria_shootings

      Death penalty for gun ownership? lol


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: RIP Robert H Bork on June 11, 2010, 07:52:47 pm

      Death penalty - gun ownership.

      (http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/GALLERY/2774_29_12_09_12_19_34.jpg)


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Derek on June 11, 2010, 08:44:12 pm
      Haha Guess what mine are:

      abortion: Life begins at conception.

      Gays: gays in scouts is ok, but scouts have the right to discriminate. Gay marriage is ok, but states should have the right to vote on that. Gays in the military is ok as long as it's not a distraction. Gay adoptions aren't natural.

      In God We Trust shall always remain on the penny and the same goes for UNDER GOD!

      Death Penalty: strongly AGAINST believe it or not

      Affirmative Action: strongly IN FAVOR OF believe it or not

      Flag burning is an American's right but that doesn't stop me from getting in someone's way of that.

      Health Care: no denial for preexisting conditions
                           allow people to remain on insurance until age 25
                           allow companies to compete across state lines
                           cap of $1,000,000 on frivolous law suits
                           health and medical savings accounts that work like social security

      Social Security: Retirement age remains 66.
                               Lock box where congress can't touch it
                               no penalties for recipients regardless of income
                               Invest 20% of it into the private sector so it can gain interest.
                               Money paid into social security in 1965 isn't worth as much now.

      Medicare: Protect seniors at all costs. Keep medicare protected like social security.

      Welfare: 6 month term limits for recipients
                    must choose between welfare and unemployment
                    Medicaid is ok even for illegal immigrants. (Yes I said that, same Derek as always.)

      Unions: Fundamental Right to Work in all 50 states.
                   A good cause has turned into socialism with government ties.

      Taxes: 23% VAT on all goods other than food and clothes
                  increase user fees to pay off deficit
                  REPEAL THE 16TH AMENDMENT!!!
                  End all excess taxes; marriage, death, liquor, cigarettes, tobacco, etc.

      Trade: Keep NAFTA, CAFTA, and GATT
                 Thumbs up to the free market
                 Tariffs on imports by water are unconstitutional.
                 Reduce tariffs to the lowest possible level but keep what must be kept.

      Environment: Cap and trade was a step in the RIGHT direction.
                            I'm all for green jobs.
                            Increase and expand mercury clean up.
                            Keep Alaska wild.
                            Go further to protect endangered species.

      Government: Ban soft money to federal campaigns.
                           End tax breaks for campaign donations.
                           Corporations and unions don't vote in elections, people do.
                           Six 2 year terms for the House and Two 6 year terms in the Senate.
                           Constitutional Amendment requiring a balanced budget each year.
                           Cap of $200,000,000 can be spent in a campaign and no one can opt out.
                           I support McCain/Fiengold.

      Education: School vouchers in every county of the U.S.
                        Parents choose schools for their children, not politicians like Ted Kennedy.
                        Build more schools with smaller classes.
                        Teachers unions are a monopoly that has lost it's ways.
                        School prayer is ok, but not teacher led.
                        School uniforms are boring.

      Guns: fundamental right to gun ownership with no exceptions

      Immigration: Illegal immigrants are God's children too.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: So rightwing that I broke the Political Compass! on June 11, 2010, 09:26:50 pm
      Nice to see you lay of the far-right trolling act for just one post Derek. Paticularly amusing to see you supporting affirmative action "strongly" yet, in another thread, you said you'd vote for George Wallace in 1968.

      Yes rockingham. The Chinese govt is a horribly repressive body which should be destroyed by actual believers in freedom, unlike you.
      Look genius, allow me to repost part of my self description, thus proving myself a true believer in freedom. Did it not occur to you that people might be willing to vote for a party which supported the elimination of sociopathy, that it would not require tyranny? Probably not now I admit, but sometime in the future.

      Quote
      Constitutional Issues

      Summary – Public empowerment+meritocracy

      •   Campaign finance reform: Donations of more then a $1000 from any single individual forbidden. Church/business/union role in campaign financing or organization forbidden. Attempts to circumvent this sneakily forbidden.

      •   Political representation: The Tasmanian system. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Tasmania)

      •   Constitution: A fairly standard set of negative and positive rights(ie. Freedom of speech, entitlement to healthcare/water/food and so on). Distinctively I advocate a greater emphasis on freedom of association then most people embrace, and “freedom of community”(as opposed to the current system of mandatory individualism). Also I see very little value in the right of privacy from the government, so long a checks and balances exist to prevent abuses.

      •   Local government – If the citizens took local government seriously, I would support significant Swiss-style devolution. They do not, however. The obvious remedy would be mandatory turnout at elections +making local government more important, but that could backfire.

      •   Meritocracy: In many countries, the judiciary has very significant de facto legislative power. Given that precedent, I think the most learned individuals should play a greater role(albeit perhaps not a direct legislative role) in the political system. It is a travesty for example that scientists have not been able to exert more pressure on the political system to act against global warming.


      Title: Re: Summary of political beliefs
      Post by: Derek on June 12, 2010, 02:58:37 am
      Nice to see you lay of the far-right trolling act for just one post Derek. Paticularly amusing to see you supporting affirmative action "strongly" yet, in another thread, you said you'd vote for George Wallace in 1968.

      Yes rockingham. The Chinese govt is a horribly repressive body which should be destroyed by actual believers in freedom, unlike you.
      Look genius, allow me to repost part of my self description, thus proving myself a true believer in freedom. Did it not occur to you that people might be willing to vote for a party which supported the elimination of sociopathy, that it would not require tyranny? Probably not now I admit, but sometime in the future.

      Quote
      Constitutional Issues

      Summary – Public empowerment+meritocracy

      •   Campaign finance reform: Donations of more then a $1000 from any single individual forbidden. Church/business/union role in campaign financing or organization forbidden. Attempts to circumvent this sneakily forbidden.

      •   Political representation: The Tasmanian system. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Tasmania)

      •   Constitution: A fairly standard set of negative and positive rights(ie. Freedom of speech, entitlement to healthcare/water/food and so on). Distinctively I advocate a greater emphasis on freedom of association then most people embrace, and “freedom of community”(as opposed to the current system of mandatory individualism). Also I see very little value in the right of privacy from the government, so long a checks and balances exist to prevent abuses.

      •   Local government – If the citizens took local government seriously, I would support significant Swiss-style devolution. They do not, however. The obvious remedy would be mandatory turnout at elections +making local government more important, but that could backfire.

      •