Political Things!

I read this at NsLog this morning and I’ve been reading it at other sites as it gets passed around. Read more if you’re interested in my political views :)

  1. I have never voted for a Democrat in my life. I have ever only voted in the 2000 Presidential Election. I really don’t have an interest in voting beyond that, but that might be slowly changing.
  2. I think taxes are too high. Not at all. I think that taxes are currently fine as they are now. I think that our country could probably run more efficiently, but I don’t think that means we should pay less taxes. Taxes fuel important programs and better the country if used properly. I would gladly pay up to 35% of my annual income (I pay roughly 27%) if I knew it was being used to help people and our society as a whole.
  3. I supported Bill Clinton’s impeachment. No. The entire farce was a rape of America’s money, time, and political process (see: using tax money inappropriately above)
  4. I voted for President Bush in 2000. No. I voted for Al Gore because I knew, even then, that Bush was the worst possible choice for president. Bush’s tenure as president has been one poor choice after another.
  5. I am a gun owner. No. I see no need to waste my money on one. I don’t hunt, and I don’t put myself into dangerous situations where I’d need one. 99.999% of common situations can be avoided or resolved with a modicum of common sense. Most people who own guns for personal protection are incapable of resolving/staying-out-of poor situations or are paranoid people in general. Sure there is a 0.001% chance I will be attacked on the street. There’s also a 0.001% my mind will be removed by space aliens. You don’t see me wearing a tin-foil hat for protection.
  6. I support school voucher programs. Sure. The public school system exists as it does today because it basically has no competition and children are forced to attend. Local governments ignore the school system because it generates revenue and they don’t have to invest very much to keep it functioning at a minimum level. If public schools faced a sweeping loss of income, the public school systems and local government would figure out some clever ways to streamline and improve the quality, or just die out completely.
  7. I oppose condom distribution in public schools. I wish parents would have the nerve to do the sex education and it wouldn’t be necessary for the school system to teach it at all. However, since our nation is full of people who can’t even sit down with their kids and discuss a basic bodily function, I see no other choice.
  8. I oppose bilingual education. I support teaching our children multiple languages from an early age and doing it CORRECTLY. Obviously, a majority of children should be completely literate and educated in English but I would like to see every child graduate high school knowing at least 2 languages fluently. We’re so afraid of people who speak other languages in America that we’ve been able to force most immigrants into speaking English up until recently. So its been OK to just teach English and be done with it. That’s changing rapidly (its a good thing) and the education system should respond.
  9. I oppose gay marriage. I oppose the government telling anyone who and who they cannot marry. I also oppose the government endorsing a specific way of life. Giving tax breaks and special legal affording to heterosexual married couples is abhorable and should be ended quickly. People aren’t going to stop getting married and having children just because the government stops endorsing that way of life. Marrige should be a completely religious ceremony and its validity shouldn’t extend beyond that. If two or more people want to bind themselves together for legal and financial reasons they should be allowed to do so.
  10. I want Social Security privitized. There will be SS when we grow up. Too many people will be angry and upset for there not to be. We’re too greedy to just give up that much money that “we’re owed.” I can see it now. Something will give and we old people get our $BLING$, but someone else will get screwed. We won’t care of course.
  11. I believe racial profiling at airports is common sense. Yeah I think it should be taken into account. However, once 95% of searches only involve “high-risk” minority groups. The American-bred terrorism groups will have free reign. Personally I think every single person should be searched. No person gets through without being patted down, their bags searched, and magnetically scanned and xrayed. Sure its not financially feasible, but I think the airline industry in America is too large to sufficiently support itself safely. If you don’t like it, drive or take a train. The airline industry will then evolve to a resonable size where it can responsibly ensure the safety of its passengers and the general public.
  12. I shop at Wal-Mart. Not anymore! I used to shop at the walmart near my old apartment at Purdue because nothing else was closer. However nowI shop elsewhere.
  13. I enjoy talk radio. Never. Its boring, tedious, and repetitive.
  14. I am annoyed when news editors substitute the phrase “undocumented person” for “illegal alien.” I don’t watch video news and I don’t really care what they call people as long as it isn’t offensive and still conveys a meaning I can understand.
  15. I do not believe the phrase “a chink in the armer” is offensive I think the spelling error in this question is more offensive than that phrase.
  16. I eat meat. Yes. I eat vegatables too! And cheese! and Grains! Amazing!
  17. I believe O.J. Simpson was guilty. Probably, I don’t know every single fact of the case though. I wasn’t on the jury or in the court room during the trial.
  18. I cheered when I learned that Saddam Hussein was captured. Didn’t cheer. I was annoyed because I knew I’d hear of nothing else for the next 2 months though ;P
  19. I cry when I hear “Proud to be an American” (God Bless the USA) by Lee Greenwood. WORST. SONG. EVER. Well, right beyond any patriotic song made by any country-western singer written after 9/11/2004.
  20. I don’t believe the New York Times. Never read it. They have a crappy online registration requirement though. Journalism isn’t regulated by the government so they can print whatever they want as long as they aren’t purposely false statements to hurt people.