After a discussion with JeffR through PM on whether I was a moderate Dem or an ultra-liberal lunatic, JeffR suggested we let the forum decide. We put together a list of 10 topics that we both gave our positions on honestly. Our positions are below.
I believe that a woman should have a right to have abortions in the 1st trimester unconditionally, in the 2nd tri at doc’s discretion, in 3rd-tri only when the mother’s life is at risk. Abortion is NOT a right afforded by the constitution.
Taxation should be progressive and simplified. I support a flat tax with the sole exemption of the first 20-30k (arbitrary value, but should be pretty large) of one’s income.
- Gun Control.
I am against banning guns. Committing crimes with guns is already illegal, no reason to make the devices illegal. I support much stricter enforcement of existing laws and possibly mandatory gun training/testing for ownership.
- Iraq War.
The only stable solution I see to islamic extremism is to remove the conditions in which it thrives. I support removing those conditions by aggressively promoting democracy in the middle east, by force if necessary. However that doesn’t excuse the shameless manipulation and the demonstrated incompetence of some portions of the operation.
- Bill Clinton
Brilliant political mind who shamelessly set back the Democratic party a decade. My favorite president of the last 30 years.
- George W. Bush.
Poor leader. Poor domestic policy. Doesn’t think for himself. Not nearly the worst president we’ve ever had, but leaves me longing for something better.
- John Kerry
Intelligent guy, poor leader.
See my answer to Iraq war.
- North Korea
I’m honestly not knowledgeable enough to comment on NK, although I support military action with the consent and support of the major asian nations.
I am strongly against the US adopting a national religion, and I strongly oppose people being forced to say prayers or praise “God” in settings such as public schools, goverment buildings, etc…