...To be a lefty if you're LDS.
My blog has just been accused of not exactly being "liberal" - or, at least, not exactly portraying a very liberal point of view. Instead, at least one person expressed that most, if not all, what I have written has conservative undertones to it. I knew this would come up, especially after my post yesterday that dealt with my take on the economic crisis.
I don't claim to be some raging lib. Really. I lean that way, but yes I do have some conservative viewpoints as well. That's the wonderment that is being a "decline to state."
But for anyone who is curious, here's the cliffs notes version of a few things I believe:
- While I don't know much about the bailout plan and its ramifications, I have this sneaking suspicion that it was a horrible idea. I'm really not sure who's fault this is or who really wanted it to pass or not, and I don't care. The idea of it sucks, but I also realize that sometimes we have to suck it up and sacrifice when we screw up. And I think we all screwed up.
- I don't think the government should be sticking its nose into private lives unless reason states it will severely harm those around us. Gay marriage will not hurt us, for example. I haven't heard one decent argument yet to say it will.
- I believe in regulation for a few - not many - industries.
- This crap about the trickle down theory? Make the rich richer and those of us on the bottom rungs will get some of it too? I don't buy it. I also don't think it's perfect the other way around, either. Just don't punish my family because my husband is a teacher. We'll never make enough to be considered "rich" - but our contribution to society is far greater than, say, the CEO of ExxonMobil's contribution. Just not in a good little Capitalist way.
- I am pro-choice. This does not mean I think we should all be getting abortions, but I believe there are potential situations in women's (AND MEN'S - family, here) lives where it should be an option. This should not be a decision to come to lightly, but it should be an option in the case of rape, incest, or potential fatal harm to the mother (no, I don't believe every mom should feel she has to give up her life in order to save her unborn child's if she has other children at home). I mean, can you imagine growing up and discovering your daddy is your uncle? Or that you were the product of a horrible, violent rape? Imagine how that would shape your life. I'm not saying this is a definite "yes" in the abortion category, but it is certainly food for thought.
And the poor mom, too. Damn.
- I want universal health care. Note I did not say "socialized" health care. Are we really so plagued with tunnel vision to insist its one way or the other?
I might get into this later. If I try to now, I'll go off on a horrible tangent.
- I'm voting for Barack Obama. Sarah Palin scares the crap out of me and John McCain has lost my respect over the past few years (particularly when he gave into Bush on the torture bill).
- I think border control is fine and dandy but will hardly solve the problem. People, put yourselves into the illegal immigrant's shoes for a moment. Life in Mexico sucks, and America has a reputation of hope and opportunity. If you needed to take care of your family and you couldn't, you'd sneak across border lines too. The right thing to do here is to invest in Mexico, help make it a better place so people won't want to come here in droves under cloak of night. Border control can then take care of the real criminals: the smugglers and any terrorists, for example.
There's just a slice of my pie.
I hope that helps things out a bit.
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