Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Personal Politcal Policy Statements

The ever amazing Sarah has got a Policy Statement up on her blog. Roland was pretty impressed and thought it would make a great Meme... he also said he'd like to know where I stand. I'm going to use Sarah's policy statement as a skeleton of sorts (with her gracious permission).

Feel free to pick and choose which of the questions you are comfortable answering! I've got a busy day but am planning on answering these myself and will get that up either later today or tomorrow morning.

Personal Political Policy Statement:

1. Short synopsis of your overall political view.

2. What do you feel are the important issues in regard to U.S. security?

3. What do you feel are the important issues of freedom and why?

4. What do you feel are the important issues in regard to the economy?

5. To what extent do you feel the U.S. government should be involved in our lives?

6. What do you feel is the proper role of the United States in terms of the rest of the world?

7 comments:

Sarah said...

*grins* Looking forward to reading other answers, and yours, Miss K!!!

Roland Hulme said...

1. Short synopsis of your overall political view.

Back in Britain, I was considered a conservative, on the right wing of politics. That lands me firmly in the center-left here. I'm largely a financial conservative - I believe in low taxation, a small government - but socially very liberal. My major bugbears are politically correct facists on the far left and the very religious on the far right trying to interfere with people's freedom to live how they want to live.

2. What do you feel are the important issues in regard to U.S. security?

I think America has undermined itself abroad, preaching one thing and then practicing another. It's difficult to accuse another nation of human rights violations when we have a place like Gitmo. It's difficult to attack Russia for invading Georgia when we're in Iraq and McCain puts his foot in it and says: "It's wrong to invade another country." He MEANT to say 'another democratic country' but the damage had been done.

3. What do you feel are the important issues of freedom and why?

I'm a little bit hypocritical about freedom, because I get annoyed at the idea of parents having the 'freedom' to teach kids insanity like 6-day creationism. But in general, by hypocrisy pales in comparison to the far left and the far right. REAL freedom involves giving people the right to do ANYTHING as long as it doesn't infringe your freedoms. That includes, as an excellent example, same sex marriage. It doesn't affect me in any way, so how dare I kick up a fuss and try to stop it happening. 'Freedom' means letting other people do stuff you find offensive, annoying and 'wrong' - and them letting you do the same. Therefore, anybody who is against same-sex marriage really doesn't get the idea of freedom at all. I find it troubling that some Christians claim they're being persecuted and don't have the 'freedom' to practice their religion, when that very religion infringes on other people's freedoms to marry who they want.

4. What do you feel are the important issues in regard to the economy?

The current crisis was almost entirely the fault of Democratic politicians, who allowed the heads of Freddie Mac and Frannie Mae (which monopolize the morgtage industry) to give out bad loans to people who couldn't afford to repay them - and encouraged other non-government banks to do the same. The Democrats voting down regulation - allowing people at Freddie and Frannie to 'cook the books' - was just another nail in the coffin of our economy. People blame capitalism and the free market. It was actually the complete opposite.

5. To what extent do you feel the U.S. government should be involved in our lives?

I want to know that my home is safe, my garbage will get picked up, by bank won't go bust and steal all my money and I won't get overrun by illegal immigrants who drive into me with their uninsured peice-of-sh*t cars. Aside from that, I'm like every American - I want as much freedom from government intervention as possible! I want to watch nudity and bad language after 10pm without the FCC bleeping and blurring it out. I want to be able to have a garage sale without needing to go to town hall and get a permit. I don't want to pay half my mortgage in property tax each month to pay for cops in brand new cruisers to sit and chat in the parking lot of Dunkin Donuts - but, dammit, I do want to cop at my house in 3 minutes or less when I call 911!

6. What do you feel is the proper role of the United States in terms of the rest of the world?

America should be like superman - peaceful, powerful and benevolent. I believe we have to make sure we stick to the values that make America so great. Freedom. Justice. Peace. Independence. Currently, we have lost a lot of standing in the world by foriegn wars, hypocritical foriegn policy and a president who can't pronounce the world 'nuclear.'

Sarah said...

Miss K, are you going to post anything about the Colorado Amendments? I'd be interested in reading your perspective on some of them (maybe you already have, I haven't ready everything on your blog).

Coffee Bean said...

Hello Miss Smartie Pants! I sat down this morning to do my personal political statement... something I have never done... and I am still working on it! You, little girl, make my brain hurt sometimes! I feel like I am writing an assignment for school... which may be why Roland is the only one to have responded to this post!

Yes, I am planning on posting about Colorado issues, but not until next week. Shhhh... I'm not thoroughly familiar with all of them and am going to have to do me some learnin'.

Sarah said...

Miss K -- I have something I should email you then, and you're welcome to use anything I've posted on my blog about the Amendments. :)

Oh, I give myself headaches too. ;) But I've always liked writing assignments...

Just Me said...

"...find it troubling that some Christians claim they're being persecuted and don't have the 'freedom' to practice their religion, when that very religion infringes on other people's freedoms to marry who they want."

This wording doesn't quite sit right with me, because it twists facts a bit.

You're implying that the Christian churches are THE entity preventing same-sexed marriage. Not true. Can you imagine the ACLU tirade if it were?

There is a difference between something being considered against the Church (sin) and against the law. There are many things not permissible in the Church that are permitted by law (sex before marriage, birth control).

There should be no Federal stance on same-sexed marriage. It should be left to the states.

With that, if a state permits, a gay/lesbian couple can join in a legally-binding marriage. They'll just have to do it in front a judge (or similarly authorized person) instead of a priest.

That being said, I do feel a little sympathy for gays/lesbians raised in a Christian faith. It must be very hard to reconcile their faith with their sexuality. Even so, they are free to choose how they'll live their lives inside or outside their beliefs.

Roland Hulme said...

Hey, Just Me!

You're right - it's not 'just' the church - but I'd say 100% of the people who are against same sex marriage are probably religious (nothing to back this up, mind.)

As far as same-sex marriage goes, I think the Constitution and the Supreme Court in Loving vs. Virginia has the final say - marriage is every person's right under the caveat 'pursuit of happiness.'

And they (and the supreme court in Loving vs. Virginia) never mentioned gender.

Marriage is EVERY American's right and no state has the right to deny or allow that. It's a CONSTITUTIONAL right.

I would compromise and allow a 'civil union' that has ALL the legal and social rights and responsibilities of a 'marriage.' The issue isn't the word 'marriage', it's the acceptance of a union between two people who love each other and what to spend their lives in monogamous union.

That is an essential right for every American and attempts to stop it (like Palin brought about in Alaksa) are unAmerican.