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« Reply #925 on: January 22, 2014, 01:18:36 am »
« edited: January 22, 2014, 01:35:17 am by BrandenCordeiro »

Social Policy:
Abortion: I'm mostly pro-life, but I support allowing abortions in cases of rape or incest, or the health of mother is threatened. Proper sex education in schools would lower the number of abortions.
Gay Marriage: Legalize Gay Marriage, but don't punish religious institutions who refuse to marry gay couples.
Drugs: Legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana, keep all other illegal drugs illlegal.
Stem Cell Research: Leave research and funding to the private sector
Death Penalty: In support of the death penalty, but only if found guilty of the most heinous crime(s).
Gun control: In support of universal background checks, but nothing beyond that
Church and State: Church and state should be seperate, but keep "In God We Trust" on the dollar bill.
Affirmative Action: Don't support it, everyone deserves a fair shot.
Prostitution: Keep illegal.
Education: Support school vouchers, against national standards, teach to a student's potential, instead of uniform testing.
Immigration:  Enforce immigration laws; use defense funds to increase Border Patrol, deploy sensors, and build fences, prosecute businesses that hire illegal immigrants, support making English our official language, don't force high school students to take Spanish and other foreign languages if they don't want too, oppose prosecuting children of illegal immigrants.
Euthanasia: Allow euthanasia, as long as the patient passes a mental health examination and the doctor signs off on it.

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: Keep as is, leave it up to the states
Welfare: I support welfare for those who are actively looking for a job, or are involved in a job-training/educational program. Reform Welfare. Drug test people who recieve welfare.
Right-to-Work: Huge supporter of right-to-work laws.
Taxation: Cut taxes for all income groups.
Healthcare: open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and drive down costs
Social Security: Reform and raise the retirement age to account for people living longer
Trade: Free trade benefits the consumer.
Deficit Spending: Cut spending
Debt Ceiling: Lower the debt ceiling

Foreign Policy and National Security
Afghanistan: Don't pull out not until all U.S. military leaders are confident the mission has been accomplished.
Iraq: The Iraq War was not completely useless. It allowed us to help liberate Iraq, and allowed us to show dictators in the Middle East that we are not messing around.
Iran: Strategically eliminate their nuclear bomb making capabilities
Syria: Don't get involved.
Cuba: End the travel ban.
Military Spending: Increase spending
PATRIOT Act: Support
NSA Spying: A little over the top, but neccessary to combat terrorism.
Palestine: Against Palestinian statehood

Environment
Climate Change: Climate change is real, but not as pressing of a problem as some on the left say it is. Not every natural event that occurs is because of climate change. I don't believe it is caused by humans.
Green Energy: Let the private marketplace decide.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Huge supporter of the Keystone Pipeline

Elector Reform
Electoral College: Abolish it and have the president elected by popular vote.
Gerrymandering: All districts should be drawn by an independent bi-partisan commision.
Term limits: In favor of term limits in Congress, and in the Supreme Court.
Campaign Finance Reform: Corporations should be allowed to fund political campaigns.
Voter ID: Don't see the big deal in enforcing showing an ID to vote...
Compulsory Voting: No, it is your decision whether or not you want to vote.
Voting Rights Act Preclearance: All fifty states should be required to get preclearance under the Voting Rights Act
Statehood: If a majority of citizens of a territory support statehood, than that territory should receive statehood
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« Reply #926 on: January 26, 2014, 03:06:53 am »

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« Reply #927 on: January 26, 2014, 05:01:12 pm »

Very socially conservative. A few examples;
Abortion: Only when the life of the mother is seriously threatened.
Gay "Marriage": Completely and totally illegal.
Drugs: Marijuana should be completely illegal, and I'm not too fond of alcohol or cigarettes but I realize those two would be nearly impossible to illegalize, so I'll tolerate them in moderation.
Church and State: Keep "In God we Trust", school prayers should be allowed but determined based on the school districts, freedom OF religion not FROM religion, take out the "Solemnly swear" parts of oaths and return to what it was, etc.

Moderately economically conservative. A few examples;
Taxes: Should be a universal tax rate from the bottom of the ladder to the very top, with the exception being the absolute poorest of the poor, whom should receive government assistance, but must prove they are actively trying to secure a job that can pay for themselves.
Deficit Spending: Slash spending across the board, with the only exceptions being education and the military.
Welfare: Only for the poorest of the poor, and drug test applicants.
Debt Ceiling: Lower, lower, LOWER!!!!
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« Reply #928 on: January 26, 2014, 05:24:05 pm »

Welcome! Good to see another solid conservative on the forum.
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« Reply #929 on: January 26, 2014, 09:20:04 pm »

Very socially conservative. A few examples;
Abortion: Only when the life of the mother is seriously threatened.
Gay "Marriage": Completely and totally illegal.
Drugs: Marijuana should be completely illegal, and I'm not too fond of alcohol or cigarettes but I realize those two would be nearly impossible to illegalize, so I'll tolerate them in moderation.
Church and State: Keep "In God we Trust", school prayers should be allowed but determined based on the school districts, freedom OF religion not FROM religion, take out the "Solemnly swear" parts of oaths and return to what it was, etc.

Moderately economically conservative. A few examples;
Taxes: Should be a universal tax rate from the bottom of the ladder to the very top, with the exception being the absolute poorest of the poor, whom should receive government assistance, but must prove they are actively trying to secure a job that can pay for themselves.
Deficit Spending: Slash spending across the board, with the only exceptions being education and the military.
Welfare: Only for the poorest of the poor, and drug test applicants.
Debt Ceiling: Lower, lower, LOWER!!!!


May I be the first to say that you make me, as a gay man, an atheist, a man who thinks government shouldn't control what you put in your body, a man who believes that those who can afford it should give back to the community, who believes that science should lead the way on issues of women's health and that women shouldn't be made to carry their rapist's baby, that our military is bloated and needs to be cut, and that everyone deserves a basic standard of living, sick? I think you might find a certain other Vladimir to be a good friend of yours.
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« Reply #930 on: January 27, 2014, 03:47:59 am »

Very socially conservative. A few examples;
Abortion: Only when the life of the mother is seriously threatened.
Gay "Marriage": Completely and totally illegal.
Drugs: Marijuana should be completely illegal, and I'm not too fond of alcohol or cigarettes but I realize those two would be nearly impossible to illegalize, so I'll tolerate them in moderation.
Church and State: Keep "In God we Trust", school prayers should be allowed but determined based on the school districts, freedom OF religion not FROM religion, take out the "Solemnly swear" parts of oaths and return to what it was, etc.

Moderately economically conservative. A few examples;
Taxes: Should be a universal tax rate from the bottom of the ladder to the very top, with the exception being the absolute poorest of the poor, whom should receive government assistance, but must prove they are actively trying to secure a job that can pay for themselves.
Deficit Spending: Slash spending across the board, with the only exceptions being education and the military.
Welfare: Only for the poorest of the poor, and drug test applicants.
Debt Ceiling: Lower, lower, LOWER!!!!

...Do you really have Hitler quotes in your signature?
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« Reply #931 on: January 27, 2014, 01:25:18 pm »

Very socially conservative. A few examples;
Abortion: Only when the life of the mother is seriously threatened.
Gay "Marriage": Completely and totally illegal.
Drugs: Marijuana should be completely illegal, and I'm not too fond of alcohol or cigarettes but I realize those two would be nearly impossible to illegalize, so I'll tolerate them in moderation.
Church and State: Keep "In God we Trust", school prayers should be allowed but determined based on the school districts, freedom OF religion not FROM religion, take out the "Solemnly swear" parts of oaths and return to what it was, etc.

Moderately economically conservative. A few examples;
Taxes: Should be a universal tax rate from the bottom of the ladder to the very top, with the exception being the absolute poorest of the poor, whom should receive government assistance, but must prove they are actively trying to secure a job that can pay for themselves.
Deficit Spending: Slash spending across the board, with the only exceptions being education and the military.
Welfare: Only for the poorest of the poor, and drug test applicants.
Debt Ceiling: Lower, lower, LOWER!!!!

...Do you really have Hitler quotes in your signature?

No, the second one's Goebbels IIRC.
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« Reply #932 on: February 08, 2014, 12:29:37 pm »

Very socially conservative. A few examples;
Abortion: Only when the life of the mother is seriously threatened.
Gay "Marriage": Completely and totally illegal.
Drugs: Marijuana should be completely illegal, and I'm not too fond of alcohol or cigarettes but I realize those two would be nearly impossible to illegalize, so I'll tolerate them in moderation.
Church and State: Keep "In God we Trust", school prayers should be allowed but determined based on the school districts, freedom OF religion not FROM religion, take out the "Solemnly swear" parts of oaths and return to what it was, etc.

Moderately economically conservative. A few examples;
Taxes: Should be a universal tax rate from the bottom of the ladder to the very top, with the exception being the absolute poorest of the poor, whom should receive government assistance, but must prove they are actively trying to secure a job that can pay for themselves.
Deficit Spending: Slash spending across the board, with the only exceptions being education and the military.
Welfare: Only for the poorest of the poor, and drug test applicants.
Debt Ceiling: Lower, lower, LOWER!!!!


May I be the first to say that you make me, as a gay man, an atheist, a man who thinks government shouldn't control what you put in your body, a man who believes that those who can afford it should give back to the community, who believes that science should lead the way on issues of women's health and that women shouldn't be made to carry their rapist's baby, that our military is bloated and needs to be cut, and that everyone deserves a basic standard of living, sick? I think you might find a certain other Vladimir to be a good friend of yours.

Are you really losing your sh*t to an obvious troll?

Then again, I'd probably do the same thing.  THese trolls are like watching a train wreck.  So horrible, but you just got to watch.
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« Reply #933 on: February 16, 2014, 11:26:20 am »

Social Policy:
Abortion: If contraception and comprehensive sex education were freely available, abortion wouldn't even be such a huge issue. Until we correct these problems, we should keep all abortions, for women of all ages, safe and legal.
Gay Marriage: There is literally no reason not to legalize gay marriage.
Drugs: Legalize, tax, and regulate all currently scheduled drugs.
Stem Cell Research: Stem cells save lives. Fund the heck out of research.
Death Penalty: The state shouldn't endorse murder.
Gun control: I support background checks, nothing more.
Church and State: "In God We Trust", "E Pluribus Unum", etc. need to go.
Affirmative Action: I support class-based affirmative action.
Prostitution: Legalize!
Education: See: Finland. Also, school vouchers aren't such a bad idea.
Immigration: Bush II's immigration proposals were pretty nice. Also, the DREAM Act is great.
Euthanasia: Suicide is a right

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: Increase, increase, increase.
Welfare: We need to take care of those who can't work or can't find work.
Right-to-Work: Do you mean, right-to-be-subjugated?
Taxation: We're grossly under-taxed--especially our corporate overlords.
Healthcare: Obamacare doesn't go far enough. Start a public option.
Social Security: Raise the retirement age and payroll taxes.
Trade: I'm a tentative supporter of free trade. Overall, free trade should benefit the worker and not faceless corporations.
Deficit Spending: Deficits are not uniquely bad.
Debt Ceiling: Why is this even an issue?

Foreign Policy and National Security
Afghanistan: Pull out.
Iran: They're not a threat.
Syria: Doesn't matter.
Cuba: Greatest country in the world. End the travel ban and the trade embargo. Take some lessons from Fidel.
Military Spending: Abolish the military.
PATRIOT Act: Repeal.
NSA Spying: Totally ridiculous.
Palestine: The U.S. needs to stop being Israel's little lapdog. Palestine deserves statehood.

Environment
Climate Change: Climate change is an issue, and people who don't think so are blind.
Green Energy: Ramp up investment.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Tentative supporter.

Elector Reform
Electoral College: Why is it even still around?
Gerrymandering: All districts should be drawn by the voters themselves.
Term limits: I support term limits for members of Congress and federal judges.
Campaign Finance Reform: Corporates are so not people.
Voter ID: Might as well support it. After all, we don't want voter fraud.
Compulsory Voting: No.
Voting Rights Act Preclearance: All fifty states should be required to gain preclearance under the VRA.
Statehood: If a majority of citizens in a territory support statehood for that territory, then that territory should be a state.
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« Reply #934 on: February 16, 2014, 11:28:42 am »

99% of what you believe makes me cry tears of joy, but I'm not sure if the Voter ID thing is sarcasm or not. Also, why the E Pluribus Unum hate?
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« Reply #935 on: February 16, 2014, 11:53:17 am »

99% of what you believe makes me cry tears of joy, but I'm not sure if the Voter ID thing is sarcasm or not. Also, why the E Pluribus Unum hate?
The Voter ID thing is not sarcasm. If you're 18 years of age and want to take part in the political process, I don't necessarily see the wrong in having to provide a photo ID at the polls.

E pluribus unum, when it became our motto, essentially meant "out of many rich white slaveowners, one elitist society composed of rich white slaveowners". That is still basically true (switch out African-Americans with the average laborer, and you still have slaveowners in corporate boardrooms), and the connotations of the motto just bother the hell out of me.
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« Reply #936 on: February 16, 2014, 12:36:56 pm »

99% of what you believe makes me cry tears of joy, but I'm not sure if the Voter ID thing is sarcasm or not. Also, why the E Pluribus Unum hate?
The Voter ID thing is not sarcasm. If you're 18 years of age and want to take part in the political process, I don't necessarily see the wrong in having to provide a photo ID at the polls.

E pluribus unum, when it became our motto, essentially meant "out of many rich white slaveowners, one elitist society composed of rich white slaveowners". That is still basically true (switch out African-Americans with the average laborer, and you still have slaveowners in corporate boardrooms), and the connotations of the motto just bother the hell out of me.

On the voter ID thing, you seem to be assuming that everyone has a photo ID, which is simply not true. Those sorts of laws have been shown again and again to disenfranchise legitimate voters at basically no benefit to the integrity of the system - the number of voter impersonation cases in every election is negligible.

Of course, it's rather obvious that old-timey America was a terrible place with slavery and all those things, but (and here I go being all idealistic with my head in the clouds) the whole point of America is, as I see it, the place where anyone can come and forge a new life, get ahead, raise a family if they want, yada yada yada. The reality of that vision is, sadly, basically not true at all in today's society, but mottoes are about ideals. If national mottoes reflected a country's history, most of them would be depressing as .

Also, you can have your beliefs, but I'm not a fan of comparing the current conditions of the non-wealthy to slavery, no matter how bad they are.
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« Reply #937 on: February 16, 2014, 12:45:05 pm »

99% of what you believe makes me cry tears of joy, but I'm not sure if the Voter ID thing is sarcasm or not. Also, why the E Pluribus Unum hate?
The Voter ID thing is not sarcasm. If you're 18 years of age and want to take part in the political process, I don't necessarily see the wrong in having to provide a photo ID at the polls.

E pluribus unum, when it became our motto, essentially meant "out of many rich white slaveowners, one elitist society composed of rich white slaveowners". That is still basically true (switch out African-Americans with the average laborer, and you still have slaveowners in corporate boardrooms), and the connotations of the motto just bother the hell out of me.

On the voter ID thing, you seem to be assuming that everyone has a photo ID, which is simply not true. Those sorts of laws have been shown again and again to disenfranchise legitimate voters at basically no benefit to the integrity of the system - the number of voter impersonation cases in every election is negligible.

Of course, it's rather obvious that old-timey America was a terrible place with slavery and all those things, but (and here I go being all idealistic with my head in the clouds) the whole point of America is, as I see it, the place where anyone can come and forge a new life, get ahead, raise a family if they want, yada yada yada. The reality of that vision is, sadly, basically not true at all in today's society, but mottoes are about ideals. If national mottoes reflected a country's history, most of them would be depressing as .

Also, you can have your beliefs, but I'm not a fan of comparing the current conditions of the non-wealthy to slavery, no matter how bad they are.
I don't see America that way, but we're all entitled to our beliefs. Probably my problem with the motto is that I'm a solid non-patriot and think that the Founders were sort of circle-jerking when they came up with these mottoes etc. etc. about liberty and equality, but that's just me.
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« Reply #938 on: February 16, 2014, 12:50:37 pm »

99% of what you believe makes me cry tears of joy, but I'm not sure if the Voter ID thing is sarcasm or not. Also, why the E Pluribus Unum hate?
The Voter ID thing is not sarcasm. If you're 18 years of age and want to take part in the political process, I don't necessarily see the wrong in having to provide a photo ID at the polls.

E pluribus unum, when it became our motto, essentially meant "out of many rich white slaveowners, one elitist society composed of rich white slaveowners". That is still basically true (switch out African-Americans with the average laborer, and you still have slaveowners in corporate boardrooms), and the connotations of the motto just bother the hell out of me.

On the voter ID thing, you seem to be assuming that everyone has a photo ID, which is simply not true. Those sorts of laws have been shown again and again to disenfranchise legitimate voters at basically no benefit to the integrity of the system - the number of voter impersonation cases in every election is negligible.

Of course, it's rather obvious that old-timey America was a terrible place with slavery and all those things, but (and here I go being all idealistic with my head in the clouds) the whole point of America is, as I see it, the place where anyone can come and forge a new life, get ahead, raise a family if they want, yada yada yada. The reality of that vision is, sadly, basically not true at all in today's society, but mottoes are about ideals. If national mottoes reflected a country's history, most of them would be depressing as .

Also, you can have your beliefs, but I'm not a fan of comparing the current conditions of the non-wealthy to slavery, no matter how bad they are.
I don't see America that way, but we're all entitled to our beliefs. Probably my problem with the motto is that I'm a solid non-patriot and think that the Founders were sort of circle-jerking when they came up with these mottoes etc. etc. about liberty and equality, but that's just me.

Well, they were (except Thomas Paine, the underrated bro that he is), but I believe we can make America better. I mean, yeah, deep down we're just constrained by random lines drawn on maps and I could easily drive over to Toronto right now, but I think change is possible, even though it may seem hard.

Let's have an everyone's-entitled-to-their-beliefs party! We can bring Ken Ham and everyone on Conservative Political Forum.
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« Reply #939 on: February 16, 2014, 12:54:50 pm »

99% of what you believe makes me cry tears of joy, but I'm not sure if the Voter ID thing is sarcasm or not. Also, why the E Pluribus Unum hate?
The Voter ID thing is not sarcasm. If you're 18 years of age and want to take part in the political process, I don't necessarily see the wrong in having to provide a photo ID at the polls.

E pluribus unum, when it became our motto, essentially meant "out of many rich white slaveowners, one elitist society composed of rich white slaveowners". That is still basically true (switch out African-Americans with the average laborer, and you still have slaveowners in corporate boardrooms), and the connotations of the motto just bother the hell out of me.

On the voter ID thing, you seem to be assuming that everyone has a photo ID, which is simply not true. Those sorts of laws have been shown again and again to disenfranchise legitimate voters at basically no benefit to the integrity of the system - the number of voter impersonation cases in every election is negligible.

Of course, it's rather obvious that old-timey America was a terrible place with slavery and all those things, but (and here I go being all idealistic with my head in the clouds) the whole point of America is, as I see it, the place where anyone can come and forge a new life, get ahead, raise a family if they want, yada yada yada. The reality of that vision is, sadly, basically not true at all in today's society, but mottoes are about ideals. If national mottoes reflected a country's history, most of them would be depressing as .

Also, you can have your beliefs, but I'm not a fan of comparing the current conditions of the non-wealthy to slavery, no matter how bad they are.
I don't see America that way, but we're all entitled to our beliefs. Probably my problem with the motto is that I'm a solid non-patriot and think that the Founders were sort of circle-jerking when they came up with these mottoes etc. etc. about liberty and equality, but that's just me.

Well, they were (except Thomas Paine, the underrated bro that he is), but I believe we can make America better. I mean, yeah, deep down we're just constrained by random lines drawn on maps and I could easily drive over to Toronto right now, but I think change is possible, even though it may seem hard.

Let's have an everyone's-entitled-to-their-beliefs party! We can bring Ken Ham and everyone on Conservative Political Forum.
Thomas Paine was, admittedly, kinda cool.

That everyone's-entitled-to-their-beliefs party idea seems like it would be interesting...
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« Reply #940 on: February 16, 2014, 01:04:05 pm »

99% of what you believe makes me cry tears of joy, but I'm not sure if the Voter ID thing is sarcasm or not. Also, why the E Pluribus Unum hate?
The Voter ID thing is not sarcasm. If you're 18 years of age and want to take part in the political process, I don't necessarily see the wrong in having to provide a photo ID at the polls.

E pluribus unum, when it became our motto, essentially meant "out of many rich white slaveowners, one elitist society composed of rich white slaveowners". That is still basically true (switch out African-Americans with the average laborer, and you still have slaveowners in corporate boardrooms), and the connotations of the motto just bother the hell out of me.

On the voter ID thing, you seem to be assuming that everyone has a photo ID, which is simply not true. Those sorts of laws have been shown again and again to disenfranchise legitimate voters at basically no benefit to the integrity of the system - the number of voter impersonation cases in every election is negligible.

Of course, it's rather obvious that old-timey America was a terrible place with slavery and all those things, but (and here I go being all idealistic with my head in the clouds) the whole point of America is, as I see it, the place where anyone can come and forge a new life, get ahead, raise a family if they want, yada yada yada. The reality of that vision is, sadly, basically not true at all in today's society, but mottoes are about ideals. If national mottoes reflected a country's history, most of them would be depressing as .

Also, you can have your beliefs, but I'm not a fan of comparing the current conditions of the non-wealthy to slavery, no matter how bad they are.
I don't see America that way, but we're all entitled to our beliefs. Probably my problem with the motto is that I'm a solid non-patriot and think that the Founders were sort of circle-jerking when they came up with these mottoes etc. etc. about liberty and equality, but that's just me.

Well, they were (except Thomas Paine, the underrated bro that he is), but I believe we can make America better. I mean, yeah, deep down we're just constrained by random lines drawn on maps and I could easily drive over to Toronto right now, but I think change is possible, even though it may seem hard.

Let's have an everyone's-entitled-to-their-beliefs party! We can bring Ken Ham and everyone on Conservative Political Forum.
Thomas Paine was, admittedly, kinda cool.

That everyone's-entitled-to-their-beliefs party idea seems like it would be interesting...

Don't worry, the Democratic Underground people would balance CPF out.
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« Reply #941 on: February 16, 2014, 02:14:41 pm »

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Cuba: Greatest country in the world. ... Take some lessons from Fidel.
Military Spending: Abolish the military.
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« Reply #942 on: February 19, 2014, 07:12:35 pm »

Thanks to the guy far above for giving me a framework.

Social Policy
Abortion:  Legal, but not really regarded as a good thing.  Free for people of really low income who probably could not raise a child anyway.

Drugs:  Really not needed, ban tobacco, marijuana, anything illegal now.  Throw people who use them in jail, or use corporal punishment.

Censorship:  Illegal stuff banned.  Federal government determines things, and local bans must be deemed right by the higher ups.

Gay marriage:  Legal everywhere.

Prostitution:  Illegal.

Church & State:  Separate completely.  In fact, have a restraining order between those two.

Affirmative action:  No.

Immigration:  Allow, but only when actually needed.  Make it harder for unskilled people, but easier for educated people.  Help those people get on their feet here.

PATRIOT Act:  It could be expanded.

Gun Control:  Ban assault weapons for all.  Extensive background checks, etc. for all others.

Criminals:  Capitol punishment for murder.  Bring back corporal punishment, so, robbery = a few days in the stocks.  That should straighten people out.

Economic Issues:

Welfare:  Keep, but only for people employed or actively seeking jobs.  Establish a new CCC for people to work in if no other alternatives are around.  People with no jobs will not be helped.  At all.

Unions:  Good.

Environment:  Federal Government should regulate it.

Minimum wage:  Raise to something like $11.

Taxation:  Make higher for rich.  Add VAT.

Healthcare:  Get basic government care.

Trade:  High tariffs.


Foreign Policy
Draft:  Get mandatory service.

UN:  em.

Nukes:  Good.

Foreign Aid:  Not bad, except when useless.
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« Reply #943 on: February 21, 2014, 12:40:42 pm »
« Edited: February 21, 2014, 01:10:08 pm by Illini142 »

Social Policy

Abortion: Pro-life, with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.

Drugs: Legalize marijuana and many other drugs, but not the most addictive of them.

Censorship: Don't censor the internet or the TV, only limit on freedom of speech should be those situations which could cause a mass-panic, such as the classic, "No yelling fire in a crowded theater."

Gay marriage: Legalize it nationally.

Prostitution:  Legalize it on the federal level, allow states to regulate it.

Church & State: This isn't a theocracy. All of our morals are informed by our respective religious beliefs, but there is a clear distinction between that and enforcing Biblical code through the legal system.

Affirmative action: Support to an extent.

Immigration: Create a path to citizenship, reform the immigration process to make it easier for people to come here legally.

PATRIOT Act: Terrible law, repeal it. Civil liberties must be preserved in all possible cases and this law grossly oversteps its bounds.

Gun Control:  Fairly pro-gun, support background checks and possibly a registry, but not supportive of the assault weapons ban (open-minded on the issue, however).

Criminals: End capital punishment, it is terribly immoral. End minimum mandatory sentencing and reform the justice system to more of a focus on rehabilitation.


Economic Policy

Welfare: An important piece of an industrialized nation. Supportive of legitimate reform but not open to politicization of said reform - should be strictly geared at reforming the system rather than an opportunity to restrict it.

Unions: Strongly supportive.

Environment: Supportive of sweeping measures to reduce carbon emissions. Climate change is man-made and needs to be acted on immediately. Hold big carbon producers accountable for their abuse of the environment. Invest in alternative energy. Solar energy is the way of the future.

Minimum wage:  Skeptical of how much it can really help the lower classes, job losses not worth minimum wage hikes. Definitely open to raising it a couple bucks but generally more supportive of the safety net to make up for low wages.

Taxation: Progressive taxation, the rich should pay the large share of the tax base, but not so much that it would kill ambition. Cut taxes on the middle and lower classes.

Healthcare: Single Payer health care system.

Trade: Generally supportive of free trade with some tariffs, support tax breaks for companies willing to keep labor here however.


Foreign Policy

Draft: Immoral and illegal.

UN: Support full cooperation on the part of the United States. Can be a force for good so long as sovereignty is not stripped.

Nukes: Gradual arms reduction, the benefits of MAD are overstated and the potential for misuse is greater than most think.

Foreign Aid:  Supportive of strong aid program but reformed from our current one, supportive of humanitarian aid and not military aid, re-target to ensure that aid is directly helping those in need and not used corruptly by governments.

Summary

Progressive policies on the safety net, health care, unionization, civil liberties, marriage, immigration, energy, and foreign policy.

Moderate on the minimum wage, trade, and guns.

Conservative on abortion.

Overall placed on the center-left. For now.
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« Reply #944 on: February 25, 2014, 10:18:08 am »

Wait, what are you doing not being a Democrat?
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« Reply #945 on: February 26, 2014, 02:57:03 am »

SOCIAL POLICY

Abortion: Pro-choice, but no late-term or partial birth

Narcotics: Legalize/tax marijuana. Decriminalize possession of hard drugs in small quantities. Transfer funding to rehab programs. Alcohol prohibition beyond 18 years old is unconstitutional.

Prostitution: States-rights. Legalized, but heavily-regulated for public safety. Allow localities to ban prostitution commerce.

2nd Amendment: Allow greater ownership freedom and carry freedom for citizens who meet rigorous training regimens. Everyone else gets bolt-action rifles and pump-shotguns.

Crime & Punishment: Abolish capital punishment. Eliminate most mandatory minimum sentences. Reduce enforcement and penalties for victimless crimes. Support most stand-your-ground laws.

Gay Marriage: The most pointless social initiative in my lifetime. Most of the inequality stems from unequal tax laws, healthcare laws, and property laws that affect all single people, regardless of orientation. However, people say legalize, and I have no particular feeling one way or the other. Legalize by default.

Patriot Act: Government surveillance is not particularly alarming as long as citizens have vast oversight mechanisms and smart juries.

Affirmative Action: Okay, as long as its education reform for disadvantaged citizens, not handouts based on skin color.

Education: States-rights. No common core. More choice. More innovation. Eliminate FFELP lending. Pell Grants or refundable tax credits.

ECONOMIC POLICY

Welfare/Unemployment: Repeal and replace with guaranteed minimum income.

Social Security: Raise qualifying age to 70. Phase-out benefits (i.e. tax benefits) for seniors with additional income. Switch to defined-contribution to reduce generational conflict caused by the adversarial defined-benefit system.

Healthcare: Federalize of Medicaid. Massive cost-cutting to Medicare/Medicaid or convert the current public health entitlements to rationed catastrophic single-payer. Eliminate all employer mandates. Repeal or eliminate most ACA provisions.

Taxation: Guaranteed minimum income with a 35% flat tax (20% income tax, 15% FICA). Eliminate existing, regressive FICA tax system. Capital gains taxed at 35%, but with time-value adjustments set by IRS/FED. Abolish AMT. Eliminate all deductions, even charity. Phaseout corporate income tax.

Wealth Inequality: Bottom rungs of the social ladder must be rebuilt with guaranteed minimum income assistance so people can work out of poverty. Reduce student debt, and bend collegiate education cost curve. Transfer spending back to the working class. Let full employment raise wages. Fair taxation rules for capital gains.

SUMMARY
Typical pragmatist. Middle-of-the-road libertarian.
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« Reply #946 on: March 09, 2014, 01:12:00 am »

I would consider myself a conservative with a few libertarian meanings. However, the reason why I agree with a few libertarian viewpoints is not because of "liberty", but because that viewpoint brings about a certain conservative value. For example, I am hostile to some parts of the war on drugs because I think they break up the black family. That is, I don't support scaling back the drug war because I think it is your right to consume a poison that enslaves and kills, I support scaling back the drug war because too many men are behind bars who should be at home being fathers.

Economics is where I have the most passion. I am a huge fan of Hazlitt, Bastiat, Friedman, etc.
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« Reply #947 on: March 11, 2014, 11:01:07 am »

Two questions, Boshie: How is marijuana a "poison that enslaves and kills"? And why do you seem to think black people are the only people who do drugs (or are you pointing out the racism in our justice and law enforcement systems?)?
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« Reply #948 on: March 11, 2014, 11:10:08 pm »

Very socially conservative. A few examples;
Abortion: Only when the life of the mother is seriously threatened.
Gay "Marriage": Completely and totally illegal.
Drugs: Marijuana should be completely illegal, and I'm not too fond of alcohol or cigarettes but I realize those two would be nearly impossible to illegalize, so I'll tolerate them in moderation.
Church and State: Keep "In God we Trust", school prayers should be allowed but determined based on the school districts, freedom OF religion not FROM religion, take out the "Solemnly swear" parts of oaths and return to what it was, etc.

Moderately economically conservative. A few examples;
Taxes: Should be a universal tax rate from the bottom of the ladder to the very top, with the exception being the absolute poorest of the poor, whom should receive government assistance, but must prove they are actively trying to secure a job that can pay for themselves.
Deficit Spending: Slash spending across the board, with the only exceptions being education and the military.
Welfare: Only for the poorest of the poor, and drug test applicants.
Debt Ceiling: Lower, lower, LOWER!!!!

...Do you really have Hitler quotes in your signature?

Yeah, I do. Also, sorry for the lateness of this reply; I wanted to maintain a presence on this forum but I forgot about it. I'll try to keep up now.
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« Reply #949 on: March 11, 2014, 11:11:30 pm »

Very socially conservative. A few examples;
Abortion: Only when the life of the mother is seriously threatened.
Gay "Marriage": Completely and totally illegal.
Drugs: Marijuana should be completely illegal, and I'm not too fond of alcohol or cigarettes but I realize those two would be nearly impossible to illegalize, so I'll tolerate them in moderation.
Church and State: Keep "In God we Trust", school prayers should be allowed but determined based on the school districts, freedom OF religion not FROM religion, take out the "Solemnly swear" parts of oaths and return to what it was, etc.

Moderately economically conservative. A few examples;
Taxes: Should be a universal tax rate from the bottom of the ladder to the very top, with the exception being the absolute poorest of the poor, whom should receive government assistance, but must prove they are actively trying to secure a job that can pay for themselves.
Deficit Spending: Slash spending across the board, with the only exceptions being education and the military.
Welfare: Only for the poorest of the poor, and drug test applicants.
Debt Ceiling: Lower, lower, LOWER!!!!


May I be the first to say that you make me, as a gay man, an atheist, a man who thinks government shouldn't control what you put in your body, a man who believes that those who can afford it should give back to the community, who believes that science should lead the way on issues of women's health and that women shouldn't be made to carry their rapist's baby, that our military is bloated and needs to be cut, and that everyone deserves a basic standard of living, sick? I think you might find a certain other Vladimir to be a good friend of yours.

Actually, I'm a big Putin fan. So is 70% of Russians and most Crimeans. Smiley
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