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« Reply #1227 on: May 13, 2017, 06:36:14 am »

I am an old school Catholic labor Democrat. I am pretty liberal on economics but conservative on most social issues. I have voted for both parties in the past. I voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but for the Democrats on the rest of the ballot.
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« Reply #1228 on: May 18, 2017, 08:05:38 pm »

So apparently people are posting their 8values results

Economic: Socialist
75.6% Equality, 24.4% Markets
Equality +51

Diplomatic Axis: Peaceful
35.1% Nation, 64.9% World
World +30

Civil Axis: Liberal
74.2% Liberty, 25.8% Authority
Liberty +49

Societal Axis: Very Progressive
14.8% Tradition, 85.2% Progress
Progress +70

Lazily flattening this to the political compass, that translates to an economic score of -4 and a social score of -6.
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« Reply #1229 on: June 01, 2017, 02:28:44 pm »

Guns: Ban all those that have been in military use at any time in the preceding thirty years. Make other dangerous and former military weapons require a specific permit for each separate one. Mandate background checks, a 96 hour waiting period, and a mental health test.
Marriage: Support federal SSM.
Abortion: Federal ban after 24 weeks with exceptions for rape, incest, mother's life, and sometimes mother's health. Allow states to ban after 12 weeks, with mandatory exceptions as above.
Immigration: Background check, 72 hour waiting period. Generally open borders, but must register before entering country.
Affirmative action: Federal agencies must use.
Transgender bathroom: Allow businesses to determine.

Healthcare: Collins-Cassidy(with modifications) eventually to Wyden-Bennett.
Budget: Balance by replacing welfare with basic income for those at or below 200% of their state's poverty line. Basic income - 66.67% of the state's average personal income.
Taxes: Federal sales tax of 2.5%; those at or below 250% of the poverty line or in the immediate family of a military member(who was wounded or has served for 5+ years)/veterans are exempt. Something similar to the Simpson-Bowles plan on taxes.
Regulations/Intervention: Centralize authority, localize solutions. Have agencies like the EPA work alongside community leaders rather than intervene "for" them. Mandate state subsidization of 25% of the costs of the parts that work in their state. Re-implement Glass-Steagall.
Overall: Somewhat similar to the Simpson-Bowles plan with the above modifications.

Foreign policy/trade:
- Prioritize India as an ally.
- Trade deal with Canada, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Australia. Perhaps include Germany, France, Spain, and the U. K.
- Attempt to transition more into Indian imports rather than Chinese imports.
- Slowly weaken and eventually cut ties with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
- Ask for democratic concessions in Cuba once Castro dies. In exchange, offer some small amount of money, release of the embargo, and eventual immigration/emigration.

- Allow Puerto Rico to become a state.
- Allow D. C. to have 2 Senators and a Representative.
- Total donations to all PACs and campaign supporting a candidate may not exceed $2,500 per individual. Minors may not be given money by parents to donate.
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« Reply #1230 on: June 13, 2017, 08:58:46 pm »

Pro-LGBTQIA+, pro-sex work, pro separation of church and state, prochoice, pro-feminist, pro-black lives matter, pro-renewable energy

Everybody should be able to have their basic survival needs met but if you want to set up a game beyond that where people can compete for more wealth and they and their families aren't punished with death for losing or refusing to participate then go ahead.
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« Reply #1231 on: June 15, 2017, 10:00:43 pm »


Social: Right
Economic: Right
Foreign: Center-Right


Abortion/Reproductive Rights: Strongly Pro-Life
Gay Marriage: Opposed.
Death Penalty: Opposed (I'm ProLife, obviously)
Religious Freedom: Businesses should be able to deny service to individuals for ONLY religious reasons.
Drug Legalization: Oppose legalization. Oppose most medical marajuana (not all)
Guns: Strong Second Amendment Supporter.
Euthanasia: Strongly Opposed
Police/Criminal Justice Reform: Support reform, but I also support our police officers who risk their lives daily. Although, I see no reason body cameras shouldn't be instituted.
Education: No common core, no tenure, bonuses based on performance.
Affirmative Action: Income based makes far more sense than race.
Judges: Literalists.


Taxes: Flat Tax or Consumption Tax. Rand Paul's tax plan was wonderful
Social Security: Raise the retirement age and reduce benefits or the social security trust fund will run out.
Budgets: Pass a balanced budget amendment and stop deficit spending while we have so much debt.
Defense Spending: There's waste. It needs to be addressed and audited
Minimum Wage Increase:  Oppose
Labor Unions: Pass Right to Work Nationally.
Financial Regulation: Repeal Dodd Frank
Trade: Pro-Free Trade, No Tariffs, No Border Adjustment Tax

Foreign Policy

Russia/NATO: Pro-NATO. Anti-Putin
Radical Islam: Fight it until it is dust and force Middle Eastern nations to confront it.
Israel: Support
Immigration: Secure the Border, then handle the people here. Deport Criminal offenders.
Iran: Shred the Iran deal.


Climate Change: Mostly Natural.
Pollution: Be Reasonable- This applies to both sides.


Universal healthcare: Absolutely Ridiculous Proposition for America
Medicare: Current spending is unsustainable.


Gerrymandering: Unless every state commits to independent redistricting, no state should have to individually.
Campaign Finance: Money is a form of speech
Term Limits: Term limits are elitist and imply citizens can't make their own decisions.
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« Reply #1232 on: June 16, 2017, 11:52:35 am »

I shall distinguish between my old, deplorable political opinions (mencken 1.0), and my new, enlightened philosophy (mencken 2.0)

Use money in the welfare/food stamp budget to fully subsidize abortions and contraception for those who cannot afford it.
Use money in the Medicaid budget to fully subsidize abortions and contraception for those who cannot afford it.
Death Penalty:
Abolished for the judicial system. Convicted murderers forfeit their personhood to their victim's estate, whereupon the next-of-kin are free to do with it as they see fit.
Abolished uniformly. Convcited murderers sent to rehabilitation for six month before returning to society as changed men.
Religious Liberty:
Nonsensical term. People ought to be free to associate with whom or what they want regardless of pseudoreligious justification.
Life imprisonment for those who refuse to actively participate in any celebration of alternate lifestyle (with special waivers from this statute for observant Muslims)
Drug Legalization:
Legalize them all, with appropriate surgeon general's warning that nobody will read anyway.
Use money in the Medicaid budget to fully subsidize marijuana for those who cannot afford it.
Affirmative Action:
Gross violation of equality under the law. Banned from institutions receiving federal funding for educational purposes.
All minorities (except Asians and Jews) shall be guaranteed at least twice the representation in an institution as their representation in the applicant pool.
See here.
Automatic citizenship for all undocumented immigrants currently present and for all claiming refugee status. Those currently in the immigration queue move to fourth in the line behind the above groups and their extended families and friends.
Existing background checks and waiting period for purchase, concealed carry and open carry.
Banned except for police use. Misdemeanor offense for toy guns or extending the middle and index finger in a suspicious manner.

Abolish personal and corporate income taxes and estate taxes. Fund government services with user fees, property (sales) taxes, excise taxes, and tariffs (capped at 10% each)
One-time 60% wealth tax on households over $10 million; double tax burden on brackets over $100,000; half tax burden on brackets under $50,000.
Health Care:
Individual mandate for catastrophic coverage and/or health saving accounts over a specified amount. Insurance purchasable by individuals rather than employers. Price caps on patent-protected prescription drugs.
Universal public option, ban on private health care
Social Security/Medicare:
Allow individuals to earmark Social Security/Medicare taxes toward their parents' benefit.
Need-based Social Security/Medicare benefits. No benefits for seniors in households over $500,000.

Restructure welfare system to gradually tapir off benefits/avoid creating disincentive toward marginal increase in earned income.
Expand the requirement for need-based eligibility to 300% of the poverty line.
End minimum wage, ban on public sector unions, freeze federal hiring, eliminate Wagner Act
Raise minimum wage to $30/hour, freeze private-sector firing, require companies to give labor unions 30% of stock.

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« Reply #1233 on: June 16, 2017, 12:01:37 pm »

Oh hey Eharding
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« Reply #1234 on: June 16, 2017, 05:51:16 pm »

My 8 values results
Libertarian Capitalism


Economic Axis - Capitalist
Markets 78% - Equality 22%
Diplomatic Axis - Balanced
Nation 57.4% - World 42.6
Civil Axis - Liberal
Liberty 71.2% - Authority 28.8%
Societal Axis - Neutral
Tradition 45.2% - Progress 54.8%

Anyone else try the 8 Values quiz of 70 questions which importantly distinguishes military action and other aspects not really fleshed out as much in the S/E axis we have here.

Also how about this one?

What type of right winger are you?

I left the one about which dictator do you admire blank (#22)

I got:
Your Result: Libertarian
You are a libertarian. You favor small government all around and might consider yourself a minarchist. Libertarians favor a laissez-faire economy, personal freedoms, a noninterventionist foreign policy, and want to limit government to just the "basic" functions. You might be a fan of Ron Paul.
56%Alt Lite
24%National Capitalist
1%Christian Fundamentalist
0%National Socialist

How about you?
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« Reply #1235 on: June 19, 2017, 09:08:00 am »

I am a fierce individualist and supporter of natural rights and the equality of all before the law. I am for the negative rights as spelled out in the Constitution of what the government should not do.

I firmly believe in the mantra of "the freer the markets, the freer the minds." Without economic freedom how can one truly live a life of prosperity without resorting to force or fraud.

As Rand wrote, "the individual is the smallest minority" and collectivist rule by democracy is still non-consensual.

I support private property rights - from private property we avoid the troubles with the 'common good' which always will result in a decision that will not benefit all equally and will result in some being hurt.

The fundamental idea of not authorizing force against others unless attacked or in imminent danger of attack is a good guiding principle to have.

I advocate the reduction of the destructive and interventionist power of the state. Private, free-market solutions are revolutionizing many unheard of areas. We must continue to push back against the advances of the powerful corporatist, crony capitalist, welfare state which uses fiat currency and central banking to finance wars of imperialist expansion that are against the interests of those looking for both peace and prosperity for this world.

Some of the key influences on my positions: Ron Paul, Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, Ayn Rand, Tom Woods, Vanessa Beeley, Glenn Greenwald, F.A. Hayek, Leonard Reed

My favorite libertarian charity - Institute for Justice
My favorite libertarian publication - Reason
My favorite libertarian foundation - Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)
My favorite libertarian Facebook page - Being Libertarian
My favorite current Libertarian Party member - Larry Sharpe (former VP candidate and possible NYC mayoral candidate)
My favorite current libertarian Senator - still Rand Paul. I met him 2 years ago on the campaign trail.
My favorite current libertarian Congressman - Thomas Massie
My favorite libertarian podcast - Contra Krugman - Tom Woods and Bob Murphy take apart Paul Krugman's New York Times columns
My favorite libertarian book - For A New Liberty by Murray Rothbard

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« Reply #1236 on: June 19, 2017, 10:19:08 am »

Terrifying views.
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« Reply #1237 on: June 19, 2017, 12:31:00 pm »

Terrifying views.
Non sequitur
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« Reply #1238 on: June 22, 2017, 02:03:58 pm »

That's actually the summary of his political beliefs.
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« Reply #1239 on: June 23, 2017, 11:50:09 am »

That's actually the summary of his political beliefs.

Only if you don't think Trump should literally be a king. Trump almost sounds like a title than a name.
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« Reply #1240 on: June 25, 2017, 07:57:17 pm »


Social: Libertarian
Economic: Neoliberal
Foreign: Realist


Abortion/Reproductive Rights: Abortion should be legal on demand until viability.  After that only to save a mother's life.  No public funding.
Marriage Equality/LGBTQ Issues: Gay Marriage doesn't bother me.  It is settled law.
Death Penalty: Right in concept, horrible in execution.
Religious Freedom: Businesses should be able to deny service to everyone for any reason.
Drug Legalization: End the war on drugs. Marijuana should be legalized.
Guns: Repeal the NFA on suppressors.  50 state reciprocity of Concealed Carry Licenses.
Euthanasia: Support euthanasia and assisted suicide under certain conditions.
Black Lives Matter/Police/Criminal Justice Reform: Strongly support criminal justice reform.
Transgender Issues: An extremely unimportant issue.  Most modern businesses have a family bathroom.  That should really be the end of that issue.
Education: Crush the teachers' unions and increase education spending.
Affirmative Action: Opposed to it.
Judges: Judges in the mold of Reason/CATO not Heritage.


Taxes: Enact a VAT while cutting taxes on income and capital.
Social Security: Raise the retirement age and cut benefits for everyone except the poorest.
Budgets: A BBA is unrealistic so I oppose it. But reducing long-term deficits should be a priority.
Defense Spending: Don't cut it unless other NATO countries finally start boosting their defense budgets.
Minimum Wage: Oppose it.
Labor Unions: Limit their power. Pass a national Right to Work law.
Financial Regulation: Oppose reinstating Glass-Steagall. There needs to be some financial regulation but there are a lot of unnecessary rules in Dodd-Frank.
Trade: Strongly support free trade deals like NAFTA, TPP and TTIP. Also strongly support globalization.

Foreign Policy

Russia/NATO: Pro-NATO. Strongly oppose stronger ties with Russia when Putin still is around.  NATO should make its commitments to increase defense spending.
Radical Islam: Oppose the Muslim ban, but support strong efforts to defeat terrorist organizations.
Israel: Pro-Israel. Israel is a liberal democracy and one of America's strongest and most stable allies in a volatile region. They do go too far sometimes, but they still are much better than the alternatives.
Immigration: I support comprehensive immigration reform (like the 2013 bill).
Iran: It isn't a really good deal, but tearing it apart would make the situation even worse.
India: We should cultivate a productive relationship with India.  The world's largest democracy with a highly religious population under attack from Radical Islam.  Our relationship with India should be one of stewardship like the UK/US Special Relationship.  


Climate Change: Is complicated.  It is likely real but every solution to the problem involves those who rent seek in the name of the Environment.
Energy: Markets not politics should determine energy policy.   Renewables and Nuclear should be a key part of an all of the above energy policy.  One size doesn't fit all.


Universal Healthcare:  Medicare for all the eliminates the redundancies in Federal Healthcare spending.  


Gerrymandering: Independent Commissions and end the Federal involvement in state elections.  IE stop creating token Democratic districts in the Deep South.
Campaign Finance: No limits.
Term Limits: They're called elections.  Encourage intraparty differences through the primary system.
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« Reply #1241 on: June 25, 2017, 11:49:57 pm »

tschandler: Would you support replacing welfare with a basic income of up to, say, $20,000 for those who make less than $20,000?
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« Reply #1242 on: June 30, 2017, 10:25:14 pm »

Social Issues

-Personally pro-life, but wouldn't consider banning
-Defund Planned Parenthood

LGBTQ+ Rights:
-Strongly in favor of
-Anyone can use whichever bathroom they want

-Expand background checks
-Prevent criminals and mentally challenged from getting guns

Religious Freedom:
-Protect it
-While I do not believe gay marriage conflicts with religion, others do, and government shouldn't force bakers to bake the cake, for example

-Strengthen border control
-Amnesty for illegal immigrants
-Do not cancel or restrict H1-B visas

Death Penalty:
-Don't like it, but it's necessary in some cases

Confederate Flags/Monuments:
-Despise them
-In favor of states removing them and placing them into museums or other designated "historical" sites

-Let states decide on medical and recreational marijuana
-Personally against decriminalization of drugs

-Abolish Common Core
-Give more power to state and local governments
-Severely restrict or get rid of Department of Education
-Pro-school choice

Affirmative Action:
-Contributes to higher minority drop-out rates
-Discriminates against non-minorities

Economic Issues

-Impose flat tax of 10%-20%

-Pro-free trade, but ensure that such trade doesn't hurt Americans and American businesses and industries
-Re-negotiate NAFTA

Minimum Wage:
-Increase to $10.10
-Look to increase further over time

Foreign Policy

-Strongly in favor of
-Push for other nations to meet spending requirements

United Nations:
-Scale back U.S. involvement, especially in light of UN's  aggressive approach towards Israel

-Strongly in favor of
-Continue supplying with foreign aid
-Help improve and fund defense technology
-Move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

Nations I Am Strongly Against:
-North Korea

-Stay out of Syrian Civil War

Defense/Military Spending:

Environmental Issues

Climate change:
-Caused naturally and by humans
-Place and keep on restrictions that limit carbon dioxide output

Renewable energy:
-Invest in solar and wind power
-Phase out fossil-fuel usage

Electoral Reform and Government

Presidential Elections:
-Abolish Electoral College
-Enact two-round popular-vote system (France's system is the best example)

House Elections:
-Very, very slightly in favor of proportional voting system

-Strongly in favor of independent redistricting commissions

Term Limits:
-Two six-year terms for senators
-Four two-year terms for representatives

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« Reply #1243 on: July 29, 2017, 09:40:07 am »

Just copying the format of the poster before me
Social Issues

Definitely Pro-Choice but not Pro-Abortion (an issue I really had with the Clinton campaign).  Planned Parenthood should have full funding but there needs to be a lot more emphasis towards alternatives like adoption (perhaps giving tax credits to adoptive parents?).  This is one issue I strongly disagree with the Republican orthodoxy on and the sooner we move away from the pro-life position we'll be able to do much better in suburbs and among educated professionals.

LGBTQ+ Rights:
Obviously in favor of.  I do disagree with the Trumps Administration's recent decision that sexual orientation is not protected by federal anti-discrimination laws.  As for the whole bathroom issue thing?  The only thing disturbing about it is people thinking about what genitalia the person taking a dump next to them has.  When I use a restroom I'm thinking about taking care of business, not whether or not there is a dickless man stalking me.  And obviously anybody who is willing to give their life in service to our country deserves to be in the armed forces.

Okay with basic background checks but in general support the right to bear arms.  People shouldn't have to jump through hoops just to get basic self-defense for their home or person.  It is a cruel reality but if you live in a major urban area you have to be prepared to defend yourself.  You can't escape all violence just because you live in "the good part of town" or there are police cars around every corner.  The police aren't there to prevent you from getting mugged, they are only there to report the crime after it happens.

Religious Freedom:
As long as said religion is non-violent and doesn't try to force their morality on people it should be given the same rights to practice as other religions.  If it's a religion with moderates and radicals in it obviously we shouldn't ban the practice of it however it should not be an insane idea that occasionally police and federal law enforcement officials investigate places of worship and various sects.  I definitely am not one of those Republicans who thinks Islam is conspiring to take over America but we should stop blaming ourselves and racism and start considering that maybe there is a (again) radicalized and violent portion of Islam in this country that seeks to hurt people.

Not an easy fix.  I think The Wall was an overkill idea.  We already had a border fence put up about a decade ago, what happened to that?  I think a much easier solution would be to have law enforcement officials enforce the laws they have on the book instead of creating more draconian laws that officials are going to ignore anyway.  That said this country is not some free-for-all that people can just come over to and give nothing back in return.  If you are going to live here you better be ready to contribute.  WE should continue to issue work visas and the like (if not increase them) and help immigrants find jobs to support and legitimatize their status.  Okay with amnesty if the people naturalized promise to find jobs and stay in the US for at least 10 years.

Death Penalty:
Strongly Support.  Let's dispel with this notion that there aren't evil people in this world who just had a bad life.  There are terrible evil people.  People who lack a conscience and wouldn't think twice about breaking into your house and killing everybody in it (including the dog).  That is why we have the death penalty.  So while a lot of you are guilt ridden over the prospect of some mass murderers blood being on your hands I can guarantee you many of them sleep like a freaking baby after what they do.

Confederate Flags/Monuments:
Not a fan of them.  If a government entity wants to remove them from government owned property they should be able to do that just like a private entity would.  Private citizens should have the right to fly the flag if they want to.  Frankly the Confederate Flag issue is the Flag Burning issue of our times.  Nobody cares.

Legalize Marijuana NOW!!!!!!  It's a harmless drug, it helps people with cancer treatments, and prohibition has only resulted in overcrowded prisons and fatherless neighborhoods.  How can anybody seeing those results conclude there is anything "just" about our drug laws?  We should be prosecuting real criminals, like those monsters who sell actual dangerous sh*t like heroin to children.

Definitely should be more authority given to state and local governments.  I'm definitely not a fan of the national testing standards tests or one size fits all solutions like Common Core.  Public school teachers definitely need a lot more independence in their course materials so that they can with their own unique perspectives encourage kids to think critically and independently.  Route education is BAD for this country.

Affirmative Action:
I'm sure it had a purpose at one time but now days not so much.  That and I'm not comfortable with some of the inherent racial implications in AA policy, namely the idea that blacks and Hispanics are just stupid or Asians having to score higher on the test due to some IQ algorithim.  Ideally this needs to be reworked from having race as a qualifier to being income based.  A lot of working class people do not have the time or the energy to fully dedicate themselves to studying to get the best grades in school vs. upper class kids who are practically coached on how to get the highest test scores possible to get into the best schools possible.

Economic Issues

I'd say keep taxes kind of where they are at.  The issue isn't really with the revenue we're getting but more with how it's being used.  We need to get much smarter with how we allocate our resources so that each tax dollar is being used efficiently.  However, I definitely do not support the old logic of pushing reduced taxes to force people to reduce spending because that has been proven to not work and be counterintuitive.

Pro-Free Trade in theory.  We need to do a much better job negotiating trade agreements rather than just getting them pushed through for the publicity.  We definitely should not return to protectionism (which didn't prevent millions from losing their jobs during the Great Depression) but it's becoming clearer that Free Trade isn't the silver bullet solution people made it out to be.  There are obviously benefits and drawbacks to it.  A more balances approach like Fair Trade might be ideal policy.

Minimum Wage:
Should be indexed to the cost of living.  With the explosion of housing costs we can't continue having an economy where someone earning $10/hr is expected to somehow live in an area where the average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment is $1500 a month.  However, we shouldn't push for a $15 minimum wage in an area where that wage is practically middle class.  Again, we need realism in our economic policies and not just Talking Points liberal or conservative solutions to everyday problems.

Foreign Policy

Definitely in support of.  We also need to encourage other countries in NATO to increase spending so that our defense networks over the Atlantic and the Mediterranean is much stronger.  I want to emphasize though that NATO needs to be a strictly defensive organization and not one that goes into the business of nationbuilding.

United Nations:
Mixed.  The UN Peacekeeping Forces are a vital part of the UN in intervening in humanitarian crises in Africa, Southeast Asia, and other parts of the third world.  However, in a lot of cases the UN has also made some joke decisions and it's bias in regards to some countries (especially Israel) is suspect.  We should stay involved and assert our right to protest bad decisions by the UN Security Council.

I support Israel.  For all of the bad things a lot of activists say about it it is still one of a very few areas in the Middle East where LGBT individuals can live safe and free lives.  Obviously as a gay man I consider that an important factor, especially considering a lot of the radical Muslim countries surrounding it have extreme anti-LGBT laws (some even consider engaging in homosexual relations to be a capital crime, meaning death).  Israel also has a lot more respect for civil liberties and democratic institutions.  With that said we should take a lead in encouraging Israel to find more humanitarian solutions to the Palestinian issue rather than just resettling them in the Gaza Strip.  The US should continue to provide financial, military, and humanitarian aid to Israel.

Against as a general rule of thumb.  We're still paying the consequences for our intervention into Iraq in 2003 and now a lot of the Middle Eastern's problems are spilling over into Europe.  Generally when you break something you fix it.  That wasn't done when we left Iraq.  Ideal military policy should only be focused on defending us and our allies from external attacks.  There is no such thing as a "defensive invasion".

Defense/Military Spending:
We need to be much smarter with defense policy.  It does not look good when Congress is taking years to get a good healthcare policy down but will thrown hundreds of billions of dollars to a fighter jet program.  We need to scale back on our military presence overseas and bring a lot of those troops back home where they can contribute to help building our communities.
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« Reply #1244 on: July 30, 2017, 11:38:16 pm »

Basically a Libertarian Traditionalist (I only sort of made that up), with a strong support for Agrarianism. I always find myself in opposition to the government of the day. I am basically a political malcontent. To quote Wikipedia on the Tory party following the General Election of 1747:

"The Tories had become an irrelevant group of country gentlemen who had resigned themselves to permanent opposition."

So that is me, an irrelevant Burkean Conservative who is in permanent opposition, a conscientious objector to the 21st Century.
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« Reply #1246 on: August 04, 2017, 03:10:21 pm »

Don't remember if I ever posted this, but here goes. Format, and some planks, borrowed from Scott.

Social: Libertarian-ish
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign Policy: It's complicated
Political Registration: Democratic in CA (PreReg)

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-choice. Oppose mandatory counseling/waiting periods. Oppose the Hyde Amendment. Support protection of late-term abortions, as they are extremely rare and almost always occur in cases where there's a medical necessity.

Same-Sex Marriage: Strongly support, as well as measures to protect the access of LGBT access to the same services as straight people.

Conversion Therapy: Ban it, for obvious reasons.

Transgender Issues: Support allowing transgender people to use the restroom corresponding to their gender, and their right to serve in the military if they so choose.

Drugs: Legalization of marijuana, for the time being, as well as decriminalization of some of the harder stuff. I'd be open to legalizing those other drugs after we get a broader view of how pot legalization works out over the next few years.

Death Penalty: Oppose unconditionally.

Gun Control: Oppose bans on assault weapons and gun registries. Support reasonable magazine/clip limits. Support open carry in some places, concealed carry in fewer places. Support mandatory gun safety features, background checks, and closing the gun show loophole.

This should, of course, be very localized. I would support some kind of regular test of psychological stability and knowledge of gun safety, like how you have to renew your driver's license, but this is probably not politically feasible.

Affirmative Action: Bigly support -- it's a way to give underserved communities a leg up, and more diversity on campuses is a good thing.

Prostitution: I don't really think it's the government's job to legislate this sort of thing, and I could support this as long as it's monitored to make sure that the prostitutes are there voluntarily and contraceptives/condoms are used.

Euthanasia: Ambivalent. Suffering through terminal illness is awful, but I also don't believe that people have a right to end their life, and I think that it's immoral to end the life of another.

Immigration: Create a pathway to citizenship for all non-violent undocumented immigrants. Deport or imprison violent undocumented immigrants. Offer free English courses, and require basic knowledge as a prerequisite to citizenship, but oppose making English the "official language" of the United States. Prosecute businesses that hire and exploit illegal immigrants out of good wages. Expand legal immigration (H1Bs, green cards, etc) drastically, and remove steps from the bureaucracy required for admission.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: I strongly support the goals of BLM and police reform. Require body cameras and accountability. Encourage community policing.  The justice system should be reformed so that officers are held accountable - no more "blue shield."

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Some level of "political correctness" as a social norm is necessary to keep politics from descending into a blithering mass of personal hatred and bigotry, but I support the right of anyone to say anything and my right to call them a hateful asshole for saying it. Tongue

School Prayer: I don't think it's really appropriate, but religious clubs are alright.

Muslim Ban: Islamaphobia is wrong and so are religious litmus tests period.  Anyone who's willing to assimilate into the culture and be a productive member of society should not be disqualified from entering the United States.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Completely and unconditionally opposed to warrantless wiretapping. Privacy is a human right.

TSA: Abolish it. Let airports/airlines manage their own security in accordance with federal standards.

Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Establish a national living wage of $15 per hour set to rise with inflation.

Welfare: Safeguard and expand the welfare state. Ensure food security for all Americans, provide adequate living assistance, paid maternity and paternity leave of at least 1 year each, paid sick leave, 2 weeks guaranteed paid holidays, and subsidized childcare and universal pre-k. Implement a UBI for economic stability and general welfare.

Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap.  Social Security is solvent until 2033 and there is no “crisis.”  Ideally, the retirement age would be lowered so as to expand job opportunities for young people.

Healthcare: I would support a single-payer/Medicare-for-all program. Currently I’m most in favor of a nationwide “public option” or Medicare buy-in program, as well as co-ops or Germany-style “sickness funds,” to compete with private insurance companies.

Allow drug imports from Canada and countries which tightly regulate their drug markets for safety. Subsidize families that spend more than a certain portion of monthly income on prescription drugs, either through reimbursement or tax credits.

Globalization/Trade: I think free trade is a net plus for the economy, but

Deficit/Debt: Maximize efficiency, streamline all governmental agencies, consolidate agencies and eliminate redundancies, abolish the NSA, slash the military and defense budget, focus on implementing cost saving technologies, and make it publicly available and readily accessible to see where all funds are going, the budgets of every agency and department, and who voted for what funding.

Campaign Finance Reform: Amend the Constitution to exempt political contributions from free speech, and allow Congress to establish reasonable regulations and (possibly) publicly fund campaigns.

Unions: Strongly support. Completely overturn the Taft-Hartley Act, strengthen public and private sector unions, and abolish all right-to-work laws.

Energy: Invest heavily in green energy with the intent of revolutionizing our energy sector. Incentivize businesses and individuals to go green with tax breaks, implement cap and trade, partially nationalize all companies exploiting our natural resources, and begin reducing fracking and offshore drilling by gradually restricting permits. Retrain workers on the fossil fuel sector and help them transition to other jobs.

Job Creation: Invest in a massive infrastructure redevelopment program a la Roosevelt's public works programs. Heavily incentivize businesses to create jobs in underprivileged areas, both rural and urban. Expand broadband to all people, including rural areas.

Education: More autonomy for schools and teachers over curriculum, ideally by reducing the effects of standardized testing on said schools. Free tuition for public universities and pre-k, and no ban on homeschooling.

Taxes: Reduce the corporate tax rate, while closing loopholes and such. Sales taxes should be minimal, and income taxes should be very progressive.

Foreign Policy
Basically, the U.S. should play an active role in the liberal order. We should respond proportionally to humanitarian crises on a case-by-case basis, and prevent singular actors from gaining hegemony over their regional neighbors and our allies via bullying. However, most of the failed military ventures by the U.S. post-WWII can be explained by a failure to decide where the best theater to prevent said aggression is, so caution is extremely important.
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« Reply #1247 on: August 15, 2017, 09:55:18 pm »

Social Issues

- Personally wouldn't have an abortion
- Do not support bans under 20 weeks
- Pro-choice until point of viability, after that point only in extreme cases of risks to the mother or baby
- Support Planned Parenthood

LGBTQ+ Rights
- Support same sex marriage and adoption
- Sexual orientation should be protected by anti-discrimination laws
- Anyone can use whichever bathroom they wish
- Do not support conversion therapy
- No issue with LGBTQ+ citizens in the military

- Support background checks
- Prevent those who are unfit from obtaining a gun (ex. extreme cases of mental/psychological disability, those who have a record of violent crime - especially gun related charges, etc.)
- Do not support gun bans and magazine limits
- Do not support registries
- Support both open and concealed carry

- Support full legalization of marijuana
- Support decriminalization of harder stuff, prefer focusing on addiction as a mental illness vs. a crime

Religious Freedom
- Should be protected
- The government should not force citizens or businesses to operate against their religious views

Death Penalty
- Generally oppose, but do support for extreme cases where the crime is especially heinous and there is no doubt about who committed the crime (ex. serial killers, terrorists, etc.)

- Support as long as the patient is terminally ill and expected to live 6 months or less
- Patient must be of sound mind to make the decision, must not be a result of mental illness
- Doctor cannot be forced to perform the procedure, but should be able to recommend one who will

- Should be legal as long as all participants are of legal age and consent to the act
- Ensure contraceptives/condoms are used and ensure regular STD testing takes place

- Create a pathway to citizenship for all non-violent immigrants, deport ones who are violent
- Oppose making English official language, but basic knowledge should be required
- Support expansion of legal means of immigration
- Protect illegal immigrants by prosecuting businesses and individuals who take advantage of them for low wages and bypassing other labor laws

Affirmative Action
- Oppose
- I do acknowledge how it has benefited minorities, however there are many issues I personally find with it today.
- Presently feel the issue more of a class/income divide rather than race
- Encourages reverse discrimination/racial tension
- Devalues personal achievement, lowers standards, and holds people less accountable

Confederate Flags/Monuments
- History should not be erased, do not support removing
- Should be protected from desecration
- Would prefer a plaque or sign placing them in context vs removal or placement in museums
- If people want to fly it, let them fly it.

Political Correctness
- Some arguments make sense, but people these days take it too far
- Know your audience and try not to be a jerk
- It's not that serious

Economic Issues

Minimum Wage
- Should be increased, but rate should determined based on cost of living in the areas where people reside, though support keeping a reasonable federal minimum wage to avoid people being taken advantage of
- Should take into account whether or not someone has dependents
- Adjust with inflation
- Businesses should not be placed at risk

- Free trade is great in theory, but we would be better off re-negotiating and doing a better job with future deals so American businesses and industries are not harmed.
- Support tariffs on select imports to protect American industries.

- No huge issues with current tax rates, though we need to be better about how we are using the money
- Simplify the tax code to make it easier for people to understand

- I acknowledge that they do very good things for workers, but they also do terrible things, too.
- Limit their powers, crack down on corruption
- Support right to work

Social Security
- Raise the retirement age
- Allow for the most benefits to go to lower income individuals, reduce benefits to those who are in higher income brackets.

Foreign Policy

- Pro-NATO
- Do not support strengthening ties with Russia while Putin is in power.

Radical Islam
- Do not support Muslim ban, but support improving screening process
- Terrorist organizations should be taken seriously, empower countries where they are occupying to drive radicals out on their own. Hold them accountable, we should not be in charge of policing the world.

- Both sides have done bad things, but I generally find Israel to be less bad.
- Overall support, but we should not tolerate when they do terrible things.

- Not a huge fan of the deal, but we would be worse off scrapping it


Climate Change
- Climate change is real, is one of the most serious threats facing our nation and our planet today.
- Caused both by humans and is natural
- In favor of putting in place limits on carbon dioxide output

Renewable Energy
- Support investing in solar, wind, and hydroelectric power.
- Support phasing out of fossil fuel usage
- Support other forms of clean energy (such as nuclear) until renewable sources are economically feasible.


Universal Healthcare
- Support universal healthcare
- Mixed feelings, but lean opposed to single payer

- I realize how people benefit from it, but it is currently unsustainable.
- Take necessary measures to reduce spending, but avoid hurting the people who most need it.
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« Reply #1248 on: August 20, 2017, 05:19:02 pm »

Did this before but let's see what has changed. I borrowed from Scott I guess?

Social: Libertarian-ish
Economic: Conservative/Libertarian
Foreign Policy: Libertarian
Political Registration: Republican

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-life except for when the mother's life is at risk.

Same-Sex Marriage: Government shouldn't be involved in marriage. Let consenting adults decide who they want to be involved with.

Conversion Therapy: If it's run by the private sector, I don't care.

Transgender Issues: Unsure.

Drugs: All drugs should be legal

Death Penalty: The state does not have the right to execute someone

Gun Control: No bans on guns. I am open to having gun licences for people once they are 18 and 21, but no registration of guns or bans on what weapons one can hold

Affirmative Action: Opposed to but there is room for some of the policies.

Prostitution: Legal

Euthanasia: Legal

Immigration: Open borders once the welfare state is abolished.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: Police brutality should have heavy repercussions. Body cameras should be implemented. Individuals should have the right to defend themselves against the police force.

Free Speech/Political Correctness: PC sucks.

School Prayer: Schools have a moment of silence for this. That's all that's needed.

Muslim Ban: Muslim bans are illegal but banning refugees from Muslim countries is not the same thing

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Abolish the NSA and the Patriot Act

TSA: Abolish

Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Abolish

Welfare: Abolish and replace with UBI (Don't really agree with but meh)

Social Security: Privatize

Healthcare: Abolish Obamacare.

Globalization/Trade: Support free trade but oppose deals like NAFTA.

Deficit/Debt: Cut spending and stop borrowing.

Campaign Finance Reform: No need for reform besides removing restrictions.

Unions: Unions are cancer

Energy: Private sector

Job Creation: private sector

Education: Private sector

Taxes: Flat tax of 14%. Everyone making under 100k does not pay it.

Foreign Policy
Only go to war as last resort. Sanctions are an act of war. Foreign aid is unconstitutional. Get rid of bases in other countries.
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« Reply #1249 on: August 23, 2017, 01:13:15 am »

Social Policy
Abortion: It depends, but its solely the mother's decision

Same-Sex Marriage: Support it and the government should stay out of it

Transgender Issues: No opinion

Drugs: Some should be illegal, some legal

Gun control: Guns should never be banned, but I support background checks

Immigration: Close borders if country gets overpopulated

Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Raise it a liitle bit

Welfare: Keep some in place

Social Security: Privatize

Trade: Support Free Trade

Deficit/Debt: Cut the deficit, lower the debt

Energy: Privatize

Job Creation: Privatize

Education: Privatize

Taxes: In my opinion, taxes to the federal government are unnecessary we should abolish taxes. but if we must have taxes then I support lowering them.

Foreign Policy
We should be isolationist and pull U.S troops out of Korea, the Middle East and wherever else they are stationed at. We should stay out of foreign affairs and attack, if attacked first

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