OK…So Where Do I Stand?

Throughout these past 10 months of blogging, I’ve said a lot of controversial things.  I have espoused my Liberal beliefs in certain areas, and I have some Libertarian views as well.  So let’s run down the laundry list to see where I stand on the issues of the day:

HEALTH CARE: I believe in Universal Healthcare for all Americans, plain and simple.  Every American has the inalienable right to maintain good health, and it is the Government’s responsibility as part of its charter to provide that essential human service to its citizens.  There should, however; be a private choice allowed for those individuals who can afford Health Care through private insurance policies and who want elective surgery provided that might not be available under a government plan.

EDUCATION: Every American has the right to a free Education up to and including a Bachelor’s Degree.  It is the only way this nation can compete with other nations in business, technology, and and science.  What you do with your education, how you compete for a job AFTER you have completed your studies is up to you.  This way, all people will eventually have the same point at which to compete after a number of years of having every citizen educated and armed with a Bachelor’s Degree.

THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS: “From my cold, dead hands”, Charlton Heston once said.  And I agree.  The Founding Fathers put the Second Amendment in the Constitution for a reason: so that we have the ability to overthrow a Government gone awry.  It has NEVER been used for that, and God willing it never will be.  The moment guns are taken away from the people, The Government OWNS the people.  The People cannot fight back. Yes, there should be certain restrictions such as a waiting period for certain weapons, and background checks to ensure that unstable individuals don’t get control of a weapon.  I also do not believe in a Concealed Weapon Law; in fact, I believe that if you are packing, you MUST wear it exposed on your person.  I don’t know about you, but if I see someone packing heat, I’m not going near him.  I have chosen not to own a weapon, but I will sure as hell not prevent anyone from obtaining one legally.

ENGLISH AS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE UNITED STATES: English MUST be the official language of the United States.  All government documents MUST be in English.  All schools MUST teach in English.  All Immigrants MUST be taught English.  You can maintain your melting pot at home and with your friends; but all business MUST be conducted in ENGLISH.  Plain and simple.   Just look at Canada: they have two official languages in French and English and they will TEACH you BOTH as an immigrant.  It works well for them and for other nations in the world; it’s about time we established English officially as our spoken language.

TERMINATION OF PREGNANCY: I believe in a woman’s right to choose to carry a baby to term or not.  For the Government to interfere in such a personal matter is unconscionable.  I personally do not like abortion; my opinion of this changed drastically as I saw my first child being born.  I would like to see more adoptions, and certainly more contraception covered my medical insurance (which would happen under a government plan).  Prevention of unwanted pregnancies reduces the number of abortions, a very simple equation.

MARRIAGE: I believe that any consenting adult (age dependent upon each State) may get married; be it heterosexual or homosexual.  All legal spousal rights apply.  Love transcends the bodies our souls happen to inhabit; it deserves to be allowed to flourish.  There is too much misery in this world already.  Also, the Government does not belong in an individuals bedroom…PERIOD.  Govern, not gawk…please!  Churches however reserve the right in accordance with their own beliefs to sanctify a marriage within religious bounds.  This the Government may not in any way override in accordance with Amendment One.  Civil marriages however, MUST be permitted IN ALL STATES WITHOUT EXCEPTION…and yes, call it MARRIAGE, because that is what it is.

EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK: All people regardless of race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation MUST get the same pay in the same job.

DEATH PENALTY: I do not believe in the death penalty, except in the case of Crimes Against Humanity.  If a Napoleon (who escaped exile once) or Hitler were to rise again, imprisonment might allow their followers to free that individual to begin their reign of terror again.  It is just to kill an individual who threatens the human race.  On the other hand, murderers who commit their heinous crime that do not fall under this clause should NOT be put to death.  Instead, they should be placed in a cell with no form of communication, no books, nothing…in solitary confinement for the rest of their lives with no chance for parole.  There may be no family visits.  If evidence is found that they were wrongly convicted, they would be freed and appropriate restitution given.  It would indeed be a form of “living death” and a fitting end.  If that alone does not deter you from committing the crime, I don’t know what would.

LEGALIZE MARIJUANA: It is less harmful than alcohol or cigarettes, not physically addictive (although mentally is another matter), and may even have medicinal purposes.  Have the FDA manufacturer it, sell it, distribute it, and tax it. Guess what’s going to pay for a lot of social programs, my friends?  Lots of happy people doing bong hits, that’s what.  Some would argue that all forms of drugs be legalized, I do not.  I have seen with my own eyes what everything from alcohol to heroin can do to people; it is a horror.  No; alcohol, hashish, marijuana are fine; anything else should remain illegal.

THE MILITARY: The military should remain a completely volunteer force.  We have professional soldiers, all of them great men and women who give of themselves to serve their country.  ALL AMERICANS HAVE THE RIGHT TO JOIN THE MILITARY, REGARDLESS OF RACE, CREED, RELIGION, SEX, OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.  In other words, I support gays serving in the Armed Forces.

I’m sure I’ll think of more…but here’s the start of my laundry list.