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« Reply #1375 on: March 03, 2019, 12:23:31 pm »

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-Choice excluding the 3rd trimester, except in cases such as severe deformities/fetal inviability with the recommendation of multiple physicians.
Same Sex Marriage: Support Same Sex marriage. Though I believe private institutions (A church, a bakery, a catering organisation, etc.) should have the right to refuse service.
Drug Law: Support decriminalising drug use, and legalising cannabis and various psychedelics such as Psilocybin for commercial use.
Death Penalty: Opposed to the death penalty.
Gun Control: Pro Gun. Against the draconian policies of my own nation. Support Pre-Phil Scot Vermont style gun policy. I'd support an amendment to the Australian constitution upholding the right to keep and bear arms.
Euthanasia: Support legalising euthanasia in cases of terminal illness.
Prostitution:
"Anti Discrimination" legislation: I believe private entities should have the right to refuse service for whatever reason they wish. I am opposed to all hate speech legislation. I'd support an amendment to the Australian constitution similar to that of the USA's first amendment. I believe private institutions should be able set their own policies in regards to affirmative action, gender quotas, etc. I oppose it for government institutions or institutions heavily reliant on government funding. I of course oppose mandatory gender quotas or affirmative action. On a personal level I oppose all forms of affirmative action or gender quotas.
Immigration: You cannot have free immigration and a welfare state. Free or very laxed immigration could potentially cause considerable stress on government institutions and drastic political upheaval, especially at the local level. I Support the policies currently in place in Australia in regards to illegal immigration. I think the US should follow suit (As best as it can, we have obvious geographical advantages). Immigration quotas should comply with market demands both in regards to quantity and skill specifics.

Electoral Issues
Compulsory Voting: Against compulsory voting.
Voter ID: Support implementing Photo ID laws.
Primaries: Support primaries for the house of representatives, where voters registered in the party can choose their nominee for their electorate, as opposed to them simply being appointments by the party leadership.

Economic Issues
Minimum wage: Oppose minimum wage standards.
Universal Healthcare: Oppose. I support a private/free market healthcare system
Welfare: Remove all welfare programs/pensions and replace them with a negative income tax as described by Milton Friedman where people below a deductible amount are "reversed taxed" on the difference between their income and the deductive amount.
Taxation: Support cutting taxes, reforming to a flat income tax. Support cutting the corporate tax rate and closing *most* loopholes. I think property taxes should be done away with.
Trade: Free Trade all the way.
Budget: Should be balanced, would support a balanced budget amendment.
Education: should be at least mostly privatised. If parents wish to homeschool their kids it should be legal for them to do so.
Government owned media: privatise it all.

Foreign Policy and National Security
General: I support the principles of the Monroe doctrine, those being that nations should generally limit military operations to their regional theatres. I am against the current paradigm in which the US acts as a global policeman.
Syria: I oppose US and Australian military involvement in Syria
Iraq: I oppose US and Australian military involvement in Iraq
Afghanistan: I oppose US and Australian military involvement in Afghanistan
Israel: I am against any government funding to the state of Israel.
Foreign aid: I am against foreign aid due to a distrust of the benevolence and efficiency of (especially 3rd world) governments.
Palestine: I support recognition of the state of Palestine.
Saudi Arabia: I do not support the US's arms deals with Saudi Arabia.
Military Spending: Both the US and (though to a much lesser degree) Australia should reduce military spending.
Government Surveillance/Spying: Against

Environmental Policy
Climate Change: I think its real and human activity is at least partially contributing to it. Technological advancements and shifts to renewable energy will help reduce the impacts of carbon emissions.
Renewable Energy: Should be incentivised with tax deductions
Green New Deal: Oppose
Carbon Tax: Support if implemented the right way. Congressman Carlos Curbelo's plan of swapping it with fuel taxes and cutting back on some nullified regulatory burden sounds decent.
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« Reply #1376 on: March 08, 2019, 06:14:15 pm »

Fiscally responsible socialist with a heavy libertarian streak on whatever the current "social issues" are.
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« Reply #1377 on: March 10, 2019, 07:12:13 pm »
« Edited: March 10, 2019, 07:20:59 pm by Lakigigar »

Overview:
Social: Center-left to left-wing (American norms: left-wing to far-left)
Economic: Far-left (even compared to European norms)
Foreign: Left-wing to far-left (American norms: far-left)
Party Affiliation: Registered PVDA-PTB (marxist) member

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Radical & social implementation of social green new deal
Free public transport (trains & busses)
Tuition-free colleges
Legalization of marijuana, decriminalization of all drugs
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(*) People will have to work longer (65 to 70 years), and that's why we need to reduce the work week to reduce stress (and burn-outs). A shorter work week would reduce unemployment, as more people will be needed because people work less, but it would anticipate on a new technological wave (more automatization because of robots). I also support spreading the main shifts (8 to 5 work week) to 7 to 4 and 9 to 6 work week to reduce traffic overload.
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« Reply #1378 on: March 23, 2019, 09:58:26 am »
« Edited: March 24, 2019, 03:44:00 am by Lechasseur »

Overview:
Social: Centre-Right to Right-Wing
Economic: Moderate
Foreign: Realist
Party Affiliation: None officially, but I generally vote GOP

Social Policy:
Abortion: It's a complicated question. I don't support banning abortion, as there are circumstances where it's understandable (or even necessary, in the case of if the mother's life is endangered), but I think there should only be legal in the first 15-20 weeks.

Same-Sex Marriage: I opposed it at the time, but now it's the law of the land and I don't think it should be overturned.

Drug Laws: I'd say I support decriminalization. I don't think marijuana should be legalized as it sends a bad message and I don't believe it to be good for society, but I don't think people should go to jail just possessing small amounts either.

Death Penalty: I support it.

Gun Control: Frankly I'm not an expert on this question. All I know is I believe gun ownership should be legal, but some restrictions probably make sense.

Religious Freedom: I support it.

Euthanasia: Support for terminally ill people who willingly chose it. Not in any other cases.

Prostitution: Oppose

Immigration: I support immigration of middle class, skilled immigrants who are capable of integrating properly into society. I oppose illegal immigration (regularization should be possible for people who overstayed a visa or something on a case by case basis but there should be a zero tolerance policy for people who entered the country illegally).

Economic Policy:
Minimum Wage: I strongly support a minimum wage, increasing each year with inflation. It should be able to be lived on modestly.

Right to Work: I support this, as I don't think workers should be forced to pay dues to organizations that they do not belong to. However, we must maintain all regulations and laws that guarantee fair working hours, pay, and working conditions for all workers. I would also indirectly encourage unionism, as that can help with improving conditions.

Taxation: I don't believe tax policy should be determined on ideological grounds. Tax policy should be determined in such a way that the government gets the revenue it needs, no more, no less.

Healthcare: I support mulitpayer healthcare, like Australia's which includes a strong and robust public health system. I think people have a right to healthcare, to walk into the ED and get treatment, dental and eye care. These are basic necessities.
 
Education: I support lowering the cost of education on the student, along with reforming education policy in order to make teaching attractive again. Free Community College I think is a good idea. I also think Common Core should be abolished. I support charter schools. I also think more people need to be pushed to got to grade school instead of college.

Free Trade: It's good with countries with similar wages and regulations as ours, but it puts us at a disadvantage to have Free Trade with countries where workers are paid less, have less protections and where there is little regulation.

Foreign Policy and National Security:
I'm a realist. Intervention is sometimes necessary but it shouldn't be done on ideological grounds.

Environment:
There needs to be better environmental regulation. We should pursue renewable generation and storage, as they will become economically advantageous.

Electoral and Political Reform:

I'd support proportional representation, but that isn't realistic in the US.
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« Reply #1379 on: March 23, 2019, 09:50:39 pm »
« Edited: March 25, 2019, 04:21:17 pm by Big Abraham »

Never done one of these before, but what the hell, I've been hanging around here long enough.

Overview: revolutionary socialist of the Marxist persuasion. By no means a reformist or social democrat.
Social: moderately libertarian
Economic: socialist
Foreign: strict non-interventionism
Party affiliation: independent

Abortion: I consider this one of the least important political questions, and constantly find myself annoyed with how much it continues to dominate our political discourse and generates such fanatical reactions on both sides. In general I would consider myself pro-choice, although not without qualms about the morality of abortion. At any rate, there is overwhelming evidence that providing sex education and birth control free of charge that abortion rates go down drastically, and those are policies that I support wholeheartedly.
Same-sex marriage: Opposed, actually. The institution of marriage in and of itself should be done away with, and until that can be achieved, I actually prefer to go the libertarian route and just privatise the whole thing.
Drug laws: No drug bans whatsoever. End the complete folly of the drug war, release all incarcerated inmates who were indicted solely for non-violent drug offenses, and have drugs be sold on the market free of taxation.
Death penalty: Opposed, but not for any moral reasons really. Hell, I'd support the Reign of Terror if I lived during the revolution. In general, however, the instrument of punishment in the hands of the state is a monopoly I'd prefer to avoid, and would prefer criminals be rehabilitated, or at the very least put to work and paid for their labour.
Gun control: Very opposed. I cannot think of any gun control measure that I'd honestly support on a state- or nationwide basis.
Euthanasia: Eh. Let the states decide I guess.
Prostitution: I oppose legalisation. Women working in the sex industry are not there by choice, but out of economic circumstances, and legalisation would only further normalise the subjection of women in prostitution.
"Anti Discrimination" legislation: Depends on the measure, really.
Immigration: I oppose large-scale immigration of low-skill and unskilled labour.

Electoral Issues

Compulsory voting: Against. The right to vote is just as much a right not to vote.
Voter ID: An issue that's widely exaggerated on both sides.
Primaries: Strongly support. Should be more competitive and with less influence and rules by party leaders.

Economic Issues

Minimum wage: Raise, make it a living wage, and tie it to inflation.
Universal health care: Strongly support. Medicare for All or Bust.
Welfare: Support for many measures, although I refuse to support universal basic income or any similar sort of measure.
Taxation: Strongly support a highly progressive income tax (with complete exemptions for the poor), with a top marginal tax rate of around 90 or 95 percent. I oppose all indirect taxes, including excises, sales taxes, and value-added tax. Sumptuary laws like tobacco and alcohol taxes should be abolished.
Trade: Free trade is superior to protectionism, which hurts consumers and benefits only the big industrialists and manufacturers.
Budget: Couldn't be managed worse under most Republican administrations.
Education: Increase funding across the board, especially for inner city and poor neighbourhoods and municipalities which have not received adequate funding.

Foreign Policy and National Security

General: Strict non-interventionism. The only legitimate wars are to repel an invasion or self defense generally. Any intervention, military or otherwise, which violates the sovereignty of another nation should be resisted.
Syria: In the context of the civil war, the government of Syria is the only belligerent I'd support. The Islamic State, thankfully now completely vanquished, and the U.S.-backed rebels have been responsible for untold crimes in the region and have greatly contributed to instability, causing a massive refugee crisis and thousands of deaths largely orchestrated at the behest of the United States government.
Iraq: Withdraw any and all troops immediately.
Afghanistan: Withdraw any and all troops immediately.
Israel: No aid or support should be given to Israel whatsoever.
Palestine: The United States should recognise a Palestinian nation-state with the 1967 borders.
Saudi Arabia: No aid or support should be given to Saudi Arabia whatsoever.
Military spending: Cut by at least one half. Eliminate the standing army in peacetime.
Government Surveillance/Spying: Abolish the NSA and prosecute its leading members for treason.

Environmental Policy

Climate Change: The issue of the century. Unfortunately, nothing will be done to seriously mitigate the issue until global capitalism is abolished and the for-profit system on which it thrives dismantled.
Renewable Energy: Should be incentivised with tax deductions.
Green New Deal: Strongly support.
Carbon tax: Support if implemented the right way.
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« Reply #1380 on: March 24, 2019, 03:20:44 am »

Ideology
Social: Center with a libertarian streak
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign Policy: Dovish internationalist
Political Registration: D-NV

Social Policy
Abortion: Moderately pro-life. Favor banning it outright unless life of the mother is in danger at 12 weeks. Do favor counseling and waiting periods before then tough I don't think it should be criminalized in the same regard to murder prior to viability. Support Planned Parenthood funding and the Hyde Amendment.

Same-Sex Marriage: Duh.

Transgender Issues: Use the restroom of their gender, not the one they were born with. I find it disgusting that people think they are just making sh**t up when they know they identify as the opposite gender.

Drugs: Legalize, tax, and regulate soft drugs, starting with weed, but one legalization at a time, and keep hard drugs illegal.

Death Penalty: Oppose for the same reason I oppose abortion really.

Gun Control: Pro-gun. Close gun show loophole, ban bump stocks, and expand background checks. Thatís it. Anything more in the era of polarization would lead to a black market forming, and not worth it.

Affirmative Action: Generally against.

Prostitution: No

Euthanasia: Oppose on moral grounds (pro-life).

Immigration: Keep the border secure, deport criminals who are here illegally, legal status to all illegals if they aren't criminals. Supporting reducing the number of low skilled work visas. Hold employers accountable for hiring illegals. Conflicted on path to citizenship.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: Pro-BLM and oppose police brutality and hold police officers accountable. Oppose mandatory minimums and for profit prisons. Abolish cash bail.

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Pro-free speech.

School Prayer: Status quo.

Muslim Ban: No.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Need a warrant


Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Raise 50 cents per year to whenever it converges with $11 indexed to inflation.

Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap, and cut the income tax rates to help pay for Medicare for All. Conflicted on expanding the program.

Healthcare: Conflicted on single payer versus multi-payer. The ACA did not go far enough and proved to be kinda useless Medicaid expansion aside

Globalization/Trade: Oppose, unless we have a product we can't make elsewhere and visa versa and/or said country has a similar high standard of living compared to the US. Oppose TPP, support re-negotiation of NAFTA. Support tarrifs in certain circumstances but we have to ensure that we don't end up in a lose-lose trade war.

Deficit/Debt: Screaming about the debt is kind of misleading. Deficits don't if there's a recession, but do if the economy is good and all Americans are prospering.

Campaign Finance Reform: Limits on donations to all campaigns, congressional campaign committees, and state/national parties, with guaranteed public funding. Gut SuperPacs and corporate Pac money. Also limit how much you could self-fund your campaign.

Unions: Massively pro-labor. Get rid of the Taft-Hartley Act that created right to work, which was created by the Republicans in attempt to undercut unions. Support card check and oppose efforts to crack down on union formation by employers.

Energy: Pro-solar. Pro-wind. Pro-nuclear. Anti-coal.

Job Creation: A second new deal. Infrastructure redevelopment for not just better roads, bridges, and highways, but better sewer and drainage systems, as well nationwide broadband. Also need tighter building codes and larger seawalls to withstand natural disasters like hurricanes.

Education: Conflicted on common core, make in-state college free (with some regulations), universal childcare, support full day kindergarten, and universal pre-K. Supported increases in teaching salary, except for elective subjects. Fairly opposed to charter schools

Taxes: Raise marginal tax rates on wealthy when appropriate. Would like to see the top 1% pay as much as they did in an effective tax rates to prior to Reagan. Also support a carbon tax and a Robin Hood tax much like we had through the 1960s. Repeal the Bill Clinton capital gains tax cut, Trump's income tax cuts, Bush's tax cuts, hijack the corporate tax rate back up to 30%. Strongly support raising the estate tax. Oppose UBI and would rather see a shorter workweek to combat automation than incentives for half the population to not work. Open to some middle class tax hike if needed.

Financial regulation: Support re-instating glass stegall, and am very wary of attempts to de-regulate Wall Street, paday lenders, banks, and credit card companies. Strong proponent of anti-monopoly laws. Support government run banks but for small loans only and with strict regulation.

Other economic issues: Paid family medical leave by law (12 weeks for maternity leave 8 weeks for paternity leave). 10 days of vacation time by law.

Foreign Policy
Middle East: Get out (yes that includes Syria and Afghanistan) and abide by international law. Fully support the Iran Deal. Idea that regime change will lead to democracy all over the place is an oversimplification at best and a neocon fantasy at worst.
 
Syria Refuges: Support Obama era policies but we can only take so many and we have to ensure we maintain the proper vetting.

Israel/Palestine: Extremely conflicted but favor two internationally recognized states with 1967 border.

North Korea: Favor detente basically. Trump has actually been fine on that front.

Russia: Supported sanctions. Fine with NATO troops on their border.
 
Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Support to avoid the smaller states from being screwed over by urban areas but expand the size of the house.

Gerrymandering: Oppose. Support independent commissions with guidelines on not splitting up COI for both congressional and legislative seats.

Term limits: Oppose for legislative seats, support for executive seats, largely because I believe in there is a happy medium between both arguments.

Voter ID: Oppose.

Instant Run-off Voting: Support

Primaries: Let the states decide, but all states should hold the presidential and statewide office primaries on the same day, eliminating the urge for caucuses.

Statehood: Make D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico as states, along with maybe the NMI and the Virgin Islands (or combine them with PR/Guam). Let American Samoa be its own nation or be annexed by Western Samoa.

Voting age: Lower to 16.

Updated.

Had a bit of change of heart on some issues lately, so updated.

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« Reply #1381 on: April 06, 2019, 06:24:26 am »

it is, after all, both of our holy lands, and I would suggest a separation of church and state to ease tensions in Israel.
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« Reply #1382 on: May 07, 2019, 10:53:26 am »

Mostly pretty-far left socially and economically.

Social Policy:

Abortion: Pro choice, some limitations on late-term abortion
Same Sex Marriage: aka marriage
Drugs: End the war on drugs, legalize marijuana, decrimalize drug use, increase taxes and restricut use on tobacco and alcohol until they're on the same ground as marijuana
Stem Cell Research: Support, including w federal funds
Death Penalty: Abolish
Gun control: Either repeal the 2nd or stop talking about "banning" guns. Move most firearms to Title II, add firearms education to schools, make owning a firearm without basic certification illegal.
"Religious Freedom": America has religious freedom. When people say they want "religious freedom" what they really mean is "freedom to force the views of my pseudo-Christianity on everyone".
Affirmative Action: Keep, until the makeup of our institutions more closely mirrors our society
Prostitution: Decriminalize
Euthanasia: Legalize, with some limitations.

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage: Raise federally to ~$15/hour, no exceptions, although I'm open to debate. The nature of wealth, money and the economy is shifting, which is going to change our society. We can either guide that change and move in positive directions, or we can just "trust the market" and end up in a worse dystopia than the one we live in now.
Welfare, Healthcare, Social Security : Entrepreneurial capitalism needs a reliable social safety net, particularly if you want to encourage social mobility. What we have now is arbitrary, over-complicated, and grossly inadequate. National health care.
Right-to-erode-collective-bargaining: Oppose.
Taxation: Increase taxes on: the 0.01%, big business, the 1%, and the top 10%, in that order. Hyper-wealthy individuals who think they can live or do business in the US and evade taxes need to be in jail. Corporations who hide US profits offshore need to face financial consequences, and the board and executives can either pay up, go to jail, or become international fugitives.
Trade: I support global trade, and think that the present WTO model is better than many alternatives but far from perfect. At the same time, I oppose using "free trade deals" as leverage for big-business and their preferred legislation. I support protectionism in service of national defense or emerging industries.
Education: We need to do far better at teaching history, critical thinking, finance and economics, and long-term thinking. I do not know the best way to improve our existing education system.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Oppose.
Immigration: We need immigration economically, and have both practical and moral responsibility to allow it. Stop letting the wealthy abuse immigrant labor (illegal or not) as a tool against domestic labor.  Support legal migrant labor, but not at lower wages. Creating an underclass is destructive to our nation and what it stands for. Americans are going to have to accept some changes to our way of life in order to avoid much worse changes down the line.


Foreign Policy and National Security:

Afghanistan: Leave.
Iraq: Leave.
Iran: Normalize relations.
Syria: Leave.
Cuba: Normalize relations.
Yemen: Leave, help broker a peace deal.
Military Spending: Go back to Eisenhower. End the reliance on contractors. Break the military-security-intelligence complex. Downsize the Army. If the Admirals and Generals can't defend the United States for a sane pricetag, fire them and find ones who can. Our military is a joke and a disaster waiting to happen.
Homeland Security: Abolish. Get rid of the TSA.
Global policing: There's a reason the Constitution includes provision for a Navy, but not a standing Army. The United States depends on trade. I don't think we should be 'nation-building' with our military, but I do think we have a reasonable role as a global policeman.
War on Terror End it. End the AUMF. Terrorism is best addressed as a law-enforcement issue. Only at the extreme should military force come into play. (And then it should have UN support, or the explicit support of the country in question.)
PATRIOT Act: Revoke.
NSA Spying: Abolish the NSA. Reform FISA. Hand off domestic surveillance (when necessary) to the FBI, give foreign surveillance to the DIA and CIA. Check if the statue of limitations for those involved has expired yet.
Palestine: two-state solution
Israel: Support, do not fund
Guantanamo Bay: Shut the prison down, keep the base.
NATO: I used to support a gradual downsizing of our presence in NATO over 10-20 years. Now, I think we need to keep NATO at full strength until Russia has been a functioning democracy for a generation or more. Simultaneously, I think we should support the creation of  a unified European military as an adjunct to NATO.


Environment:

Climate Change: #1 threat facing America and humanity. The IPCC should be considered to be putting out optimistic scenarios. Paris Accords should be considered an absolute minimum to meet. Climate change (and other environmental impacts from the fast-growing human race) are consistently underplayed. We can try to fix things now on our own terms, or our surviving descendants will rightly curse us all.
Green Energy: Phase out coal and oil. Support nuclear in principle, but it's difficult to do safely and not at a loss. Make improved transmission, and especially energy storage a major priority. Broadly support a "green new deal".
Carbon Tax Generally in favor of ending externalizing costs, but wary of rent-extraction by middlemen for no net good.
Keystone XL Pipeline: End it.

Electoral Reform:

Electoral College:  Keep the Electoral Vote, abolish the College as an institution. States should certify their votes and send them to Congress, who publicly count the EV total. 
Gerrymandering: End it. Give states model legislation with multiple options on how to fairly arrange districts. States that don't comply lose federal funding.
Term limits: No. We don't need to give lobbyists more help.
Voter ID: No. Voter fraud is rare with the current system.
Compulsory Voting: Yes. Election Day should be a national holiday.
Voting: End first-past-the-post. Implement ranked voting or a similar system.
Statehood: Require referendums for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Pacific Territories
Supreme Court stacking Tentatively oppose.
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« Reply #1383 on: May 07, 2019, 10:58:44 am »

Ghost, I obviously disagree with a lot that you typed, but I'm glad you typed this all up.  You often make pretty good effort posts, but they are usually just about Trump, and it was really interesting to see some of your unrelated views.
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« Reply #1384 on: May 07, 2019, 01:21:41 pm »
« Edited: May 08, 2019, 01:01:38 am by Donborvio »

"Progressive Conservative" - Want people to come together to solve real issues and relegate garbage like "intersectionalism" to the wastebin of history. No special treatments for anyone, equity for all.

Social Policy:

Abortion: Pro-life personally, politically would push more things like morning-after pills and contraceptives. Make abortion a "last resort" option to save lives and in cases of rape. Remove all public funding for pro-or-anti-abortion groups, clinics, etc.
Same Sex Marriage: Decentralize, this is not a matter of the state.
Drugs: End the war on drugs, legalize marijuana, decrimalize drug use, increase taxes and restrict use on tobacco and alcohol until they're on the same ground as marijuana
Stem Cell Research: Support, NO federal funding
Death Penalty: Abolish
Gun control: Modified 3-tier Yang plan: Tier 1: Basic shotguns, low-caliber rifles, low-caliber handguns for all; Tier 2: All semi-auto small arms (up to .50BMG), semi-auto shotguns. Basic training every 3-4 years like CCW; Tier 3: similar to class 3 FFL licensing with access to all full-auto small arms. No one would have access to large explosives without special license/cases.
Religious Freedom: America has religious freedom. Either to or from religion.
Affirmative Action: Repeal, replace with systems to better educate minorities and work on the deconstruction of "urban culture".
Prostitution: Decriminalize
Euthanasia: Legalize, with some limitations.

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage: Repeal minimum wage, all current welfare and failing social security and replace with the Yang plan of $1000/mo UBI.
Welfare, Healthcare, Social Security: See above, free the healthcare system from insurance companies and big pharma. Government will negotiate better prices and open interstate lanes for cheaper insurance.
Collective Bargaining: Make it so any worker can unionize without penalty/retaliation and also unions cannot force memberships or dues paid.
Taxation: Repeal the income tax, replace with VAT and the UBI. Outlaw property taxes to bring back true landownership and promote more Americans to buy homes.
Trade: Full tariff-free trade is the goal. That benefits the consumer the most.
Education: We need to do far better at teaching history, critical thinking, finance and economics, and long-term thinking. A full-on overhaul to meet the "cyberpunk" future where most menial jobs are automated and to clear out the ranks of entrenched cultural Marxists.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Support.
Immigration: Set up a path-to-citizenship like most other first-world countries. Process illegals for VISAs or deportation if they have committed crimes. Set up surveillance "wall" at the borders.


Foreign Policy and National Security:

Afghanistan: Leave.
Iraq: Leave.
Iran: Normalize relations. Monitor nuclear progress.
Syria: Leave.
Yemen: Leave, help broker a peace deal.
Military Spending: Go back to Eisenhower. End the reliance on contractors. Break the military-security-intelligence complex. Downsize the Army. If the Admirals and Generals can't defend the United States for a sane price-tag, fire them and find ones who can. Our military is a joke and a disaster waiting to happen.
Homeland Security: Abolish. Repeal the PATRIOT Act in full.
Global policing: End Team America World Police unless that country asks for help. Maintain some military presence for quick response to crises.
NSA Spying: Abolish the NSA. Reform FISA. Hand off domestic surveillance (when necessary) to the FBI, give foreign surveillance to the DIA and CIA. Check if the statue of limitations for those involved has expired yet.
Palestine: two-state solution
Israel: Support, do not fund
Kurds: Support creating their own country or becoming apart of a new, stable Syria.
Saudi Arabia: Let China be their white knights now, cancel all agreements.
Guantanamo Bay: Use as a trade piece with Cuba to help open up trade/relations/tourism again.
NATO: Support as long as they pay up. Try to normalize relations with Russia as best we can.


Environment:

Climate Change: Big concern but I don't think we're screwed in only 12 years. But either we promote real solutions like IBM's new chemical plastic breakdown/recycling system or the phasing out of fossil fuels, switching farms to improve our diet from animals to plants or face the consequences of our actions and look for a new planet to call home.
Green Energy: Phase out coal and oil as fast as possible. Full support to nuclear for power grid, retiring older reactors and replacing with Thorium designs (liquid fuel, no meltdown). Fix infrastructure to prevent attacks and hacking taking down large portions of the grid. Finish and open Yucca Mountain, middle finger to the NIMBYs. Continue solar and nuclear fusion research for the future.
Carbon Tax: No ponzi schemes. Where would this money be spent? There are better options.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Finish it, and make sure it's the last we need.

Electoral Reform:

Electoral College:  Make the votes in the EC better tied to the state population so the vote is fairly equalized across the country and candidates won't just tour a few states as in a NPV.  
Gerrymandering: End it. Give states model legislation with multiple options on how to fairly arrange districts. States that don't comply lose federal funding.
Term limits: Yes, for most, but longer terms for POTUS and House. President for 6 years x2, Senators for 6 x2, House Members for 4 x2.
Voter ID: Yes, with free IDs for all.
Compulsory Voting: No. Make election day on a weekend to improve turnout.
Voting: End first-past-the-post. Implement ranked voting or a similar system (Condorcet?). Go to a multi-party system.
Statehood: Require referendums for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Pacific Territories with option to leave/become independent.
Supreme Court: Restore old standard for approval and no "nuclear" option. 20 year term-limits.
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« Reply #1385 on: May 07, 2019, 01:23:39 pm »

Thanks to Ghost as "borrowed" his list and co-opted positions I agreed with (and added/combined a few).
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« Reply #1386 on: May 22, 2019, 09:33:44 pm »

Social Policy:

Abortion: Pro-choice until the Second trimester, and after that point, only danger to the life of the mother should be allowed. Support Planned Parenthood funding.
Same Sex Marriage: Completely support.
Drugs: End the war on drugs, legalize marijuana, decrimalize drug use, OPPOSE Tobacco 21 laws. Release non-violent drug users from prison.
Stem Cell Research: Support with federal funding
Death Penalty: Support in undeniable, extreme cases of murder. And for Warren Jeffs.
Gun control: Support open and concealed carry, support giving teachers guns. Ban assault weapons and bump stocks. Support mandatory background checks.
Religious Freedom: Supportive if their beliefs are able to be practiced within the law.
Affirmative Action: Oppose. People should be judged by merit, not by their immutable characteristics. Put the focus on equal opportunity for everyone.
Prostitution: Decriminalize
Euthanasia: Legalize

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage: $10.10 base national minimum wage.
Trade: Supportive of the USMCA. Tariffs are necessary in some rare cases.
Education: There needs to be more school choice. Students should be able to test out of subjects they donít want to pursue. Undecided on the governmentís role in college.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Support.
Immigration: Path to citizenship for all non-violent illegals. Punish companies for knowingly employing illegals, and give that fee revenue to the worker. A wall is absolutely necessary. Improve airport and port of entry security.
UBI: Yang Gang


Foreign Policy and National Security:

PATRIOT Act: Support
NSA Spying: Support
Israel: Support, but decrease funding
NATO: Support as long as they pay up. Try to normalize relations with Russia as best we can.


Environment:

Climate Change: Real and a big threat.
Green Energy: Make Nuclear Fusion energy a #1 priority.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Finish it, and make sure it's the last we need.

Electoral Reform:

Electoral College: Abolish; every vote should count the same.
Gerrymandering: End it. Give states model legislation with multiple options on how to fairly arrange districts. States that don't comply lose federal funding.
Term limits: Support unlimited presidential terms, but a 12 year limit for Senators and House Members.
Voter ID: Yes, with free IDs for all.
Compulsory Voting: Hell no. But make Election Day be a holiday, or preferably a weekend.
Voting: Ranked voting please.
Election funding: Make all elections 100% publicly funded.
Lobbying: Ban
Statehood: Require referendums for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Pacific Territories with option to leave/become independent. Personally support.
Supreme Court: Fine the way it is.

Additional comments:

- Rehabilitation is a fundamentally good principle, but donít even try if theyíre not willing to change.
- I want to choose how to spend my own money. Eliminate or reduce the size of some federal programs in exchange for the increasingly needed UBI.
- Humans make mistakes and should be forgiven.
- Diversity of thought is extremely important
- People should talk to their neighbors
- Things can and should be done more efficiently
- Identity politics causes division and hatred
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« Reply #1387 on: May 23, 2019, 02:05:54 am »

Overall Ideology: Libertarian/Nationalist

GENERAL DEFINITIONS:
- Freedom is the ability to make choices and pursue courses of action for oneself without the hindrance of the arbitrary whims and wishes of other people.
- Security is the ability to make choices and pursue courses of action for oneself without fear of harm, want, or consequences.
- "Freedom from want" is an alternative way of phrasing the word "security," used by pseudo-intellectuals with the intent to deceive.
- The Self is the element of a person that chooses between multiple courses of action.
- There is no such thing as "human nature" because humans often have many conflicting instincts at once, and no instinct is necessarily superior to any other. Therefore it is up to the individual to decide which instinct he wishes to obey. The Self exists only as a mechanism for choosing.
- Individualism is the desire to control one's own destiny, and the confidence in one's own investments and decisions.
- Collectivism is the desire to negate one's Self by relinquishing control over the decision-making process and ceding it to a larger group. This occurs because the individual is not confident in his own investments and decisions.
- Investment is the ability to plan ahead for long periods of time, and to try to improve the state of one's life. It only instinct/ability which sets humans apart from animals.

THE STATE:
- The State in its proper form is created when those who manage to profit from their investments (farmers in early agricultural societies) determine that they need a way to protect their savings and further investments. Therefore the State exists solely to protect the investments of productive individuals.
- Taxes are the means of funding the State's protection of property. They must provide for defense, a legal system, and a police force. The State must also enforce contracts made between individuals, and severely punish businesses that mislead their customers.
- Though the State exists solely to protect the private property of those it is entrusted to serve, those who value collectivism rather than individualism prefer to use it as a method to seek unity through language, race, cultural background, religious belief, geography, political ideology, or some combination of these. Those who wish to associate with one another this way should not be prevented from doing so, but at the same time, they must not be able to force others to participate.
- Therefore, the ideal state will provide the basic framework of property protection, and allow for privately owned communities to make their own laws, provided that those living in them have the right of exit.
- These private communities could make religious laws, and extract taxes to pay for welfare and social programs, based on the principles set out by the owners of the community's property. Thus, the State will substantially delegate power to local authorities, provided that those local authorities confine their power to their own property and do not infringe upon the rights of individuals.

SOCIAL POLICY:
- Due to the principles outlined above, the State's social policy should be non-discriminatory in the most extreme sense possible. The State must not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political ideology.
- Private institutions may discriminate however they see fit, provided that those participating have the right of exit.
- In order to prevent those who obey their collectivist instincts from infringing upon the freedoms of those with individualist instincts, the rights to freedom of speech, to self-defense, to a free press, and to freedom of worship must not be infringed.
- Children, being individuals, have rights. Parents have no right to indoctrinate their children into any religion, political ideology, or other belief system. Those who do this are abusive. For this same reason, circumcision must be banned.
- Fetuses are not human and are therefore not a factor in this moral system. However, fully legal abortion must come with an end to government-mandated child support (if the decision is the mother's alone, the father must not be forced to participate in child-rearing).
- Drugs and alcohol must be fully legal, though private health care providers must be allowed to refuse service to those who participate in these activities.

ECONOMIC POLICY:
- Taxes should be paid only by citizens with property/investments.
- Welfare is a system of corrupt bargaining between elected officials and a greedy populace. It exists solely for politicians to deliver giveaways to the various constituent groups that leech off of them. All subsidies and redistributive tax policies are morally wrong.
- Price controls like rent control increase demand while decreasing supply, creating shortages that are extremely harmful to the economy. They are also an infringement on the right to free contract, which makes them immoral in addition to being ineffectual.
- Tariffs should only be enacted if the foreign nation in question has already enacted them; otherwise they are an act of aggression.
- Central Banks are methods of monopolizing money supply and controlling interest rates. They must be abolished.
- Any currency issued by the State must have intrinsic value to prevent incentivizing government debt.
- Unions are an excellent method for bargaining, but must not be enforced by the State.

POLITICAL POLICY:
- Democracy is a utilitarian form of collectivism that leaves the rights of individuals up to the rule of the majority. By ceding the process of decision-making to the group, the individual loses all agency and allows himself to be tyrannized. Democracy also removes the immediacy of the effects of votes from the minds of individuals, and through collective action, nobody feels responsible for the system's horrible outcomes. For these reasons, it is immoral.
- A democratic system requires a ban on all welfare, as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign. If this is not possible, then only property owners (those whom the State exists to serve first and foremost) must be allowed to vote.
- Interventionism is contradictory, as the State exists to serve the interests of its own people, not the interests of those in other countries. Military bases and operations abroad must be ended unless the nation has been attacked.
- Authoritarian, collectivistic political systems such as monarchy, communism, and fascism are equally immoral. Those wishing to practice these systems may purchase land to to so, and discriminate as they see fit, so long as the right of exit is respected.
- A Constitution which protects the rights affirmed above, and which establishes the sort of political system I have outlined here, is the strictest and best way to maintain political stability and the security of property. There must be a ban on elected officials proposing any rollback of certain constitutional rights, under the penalty of being banned from ever holding public office again.

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Realistic Policies Which I Would Like To See Enacted:
- Abolishing the income tax for the bottom ~95% of earners and scaling back government spending proportionately.
- Privatizing Social Security.
- Establishing right-to-work laws nationwide.
- Cutting off funding to states that refuse to acknowledge the rights enumerated in the Second Amendment.
- A ban on religious education in public schools.
- Marijuana legalization.
- A rollback of subsidies in all sectors of the economy and cuts to regulations in the financial sector (regulations which, of course, were written by industry insiders with the intention to keep competition against the large multinationals from arising).
- Raising the retirement age.
- Establishing negative income tax brackets for earners making less than $25,000 a year.
- Increased funding for public schools and community colleges, as well as a nationwide initiative to de-stigmatize community college as an educational path.
- Fully legal abortion nationwide, with a simultaneous removal of all child support laws.
- Cutbacks to welfare benefits for single mothers.
- An end to all US aid to Saudi Arabia.
- Abolishing the minimum wage.
- A Balanced Budget Amendment.
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« Reply #1388 on: May 23, 2019, 05:51:04 pm »
« Edited: May 23, 2019, 05:54:29 pm by Hugo Award nominee »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao
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« Reply #1389 on: May 23, 2019, 10:29:51 pm »

Also, prison labor is spectacular.
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« Reply #1390 on: May 24, 2019, 01:48:33 am »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.
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« Reply #1391 on: May 28, 2019, 06:05:09 am »

my political views is that we need to kick the man's ass.
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« Reply #1392 on: June 06, 2019, 05:06:05 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?
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« Reply #1393 on: June 08, 2019, 10:54:21 am »

Overall I'd say I'm somewhat of a libertarian. Conservative on most fiscal issues, liberal on immigration and foreign policy, and don't really care about most social issues.
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« Reply #1394 on: June 10, 2019, 08:58:47 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms. For starters, elected officials should not be allowed to propose restricting freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, etc.
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« Reply #1395 on: June 10, 2019, 08:59:51 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms.

Funnily, this is how I feel about lives funded by leeching off of one's employees vis-à-vis the right to private property.
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« Reply #1396 on: June 10, 2019, 10:40:24 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms.

Funnily, this is how I feel about lives funded by leeching off of one's employees vis-ŗ-vis the right to private property.

The difference, of course, is that everyone has the right to own private property, while government officials are given special privileges that are unmeritocratic and unearned.
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« Reply #1397 on: June 20, 2019, 04:04:56 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms. For starters, elected officials should not be allowed to propose restricting freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, etc.

That's very different from saying they don't deserve "human rights." That's the type of language I expect from somebody advocating for genocide or some other form of atrocity against a group of people.
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« Reply #1398 on: June 24, 2019, 10:52:33 am »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms.

Funnily, this is how I feel about lives funded by leeching off of one's employees vis-ŗ-vis the right to private property.

The difference, of course, is that everyone has the right to own private property, while government officials are given special privileges that are unmeritocratic and unearned.
Cops?
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« Reply #1399 on: June 24, 2019, 02:56:17 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms.

Funnily, this is how I feel about lives funded by leeching off of one's employees vis-ŗ-vis the right to private property.

The difference, of course, is that everyone has the right to own private property, while government officials are given special privileges that are unmeritocratic and unearned.
Cops?

That's just one example, but yes. I can't think of many other groups of people who get to kill unarmed black kids and get away with it.
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