Thursday, September 29, 2005

First question

I'd like a list of political opinions you hold. In the comment thread for this post, please leave a comment that contains a political statement that you hold. It can be about the way politics should be, or about the way they are, or about the difference between the two. Here are some examples.

"Politicians are corrupt, and we as a society need greater oversight of their activities."

"It's not fair or just to take tax revenue and use it to help the less fortunate--that should be a personal choice."

"A loving couple should be allowed to marry, without concern for whether they are opposite-sex of same-sex couples."

And so on. (please use something other than my examples).

39 Comments:

At 12:47 AM, Blogger Betsey White said...

Religious or other such personal beliefs are not sufficient to establish laws everyone must adhere to (although I realize our nation is founded on all things Jesus--Hallelujah).
Dust off the battle gear--our uteruses may be in for a fight!

Bets

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger Brennan Stanfield said...

Our current two party system needs to go. As a liberal conservative I have no middle ground to vote on. Can I be republican and be pro-choice and can I believe that regardless of sexual orientation you should have the same rights? Can I be a Democrat and still be pro-gun? Not in this system. It is time for more options.

 
At 9:48 AM, Blogger Rose said...

Unless you owe somebody something, you cannot be a politician of any consequence. This inevitably skews each platform to aid a PAC or the like with their goals. It is disheartening that, generally, an elected official can no longer hold (or keep)an office and be ethical at the same time.
PS-I would have spoken of church and state, but Betsy did a great job already!
Rose

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Wayne said...

I believe that our current political ideologies in the west are a direct reflection of "classically liberal" ideals developed during the age of reason. Science, both natural and social, slowly emerged, and eventually influenced the way every western institution and every western mind operated, and the western world was basically run by the mechanistic and reductionist laws of Newtonian mechanics. As science took a turn in the early twentieth century with the discovery of quantum mechanics, the physical laws of science that quietly govern the way the western world thought failed to follow suit, which leads me to believe that our governmental institutions, as well as almost every other, is nearly a hundred years outdated and quickly becoming obsolete. The political ideologies of the western world are greatly in need of a paradigm shift, its collective consciousness is greatly in need of evolution, and with any luck, maybe someday there will be more choices available to us than just a partisan giant douche or a partisan turd sandwich...

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Nicole Groves said...

Honestly, I’m confused politically. But, I do have beliefs about political ideologies in general. It’s only a nascent thought, so feel free to refine it with fire.

Currently, I believe that political ideologies/parties are formed based upon trust and distrust. For instance, republicans might place their trust in natural competition, the market, and/or the prosperous to use their money wisely, with distrust placed on altruism. Democrats perhaps place their trust in the people’s nature to not bite the hand that helps them up, in education, and in democracy. Dictators might place their trust in themselves, or in something (God, Nature) that they believe is guiding their actions, distrusting all others to some degree. Etc.

And, based upon this trust a person/party decides whom (or what) the power should go to (like Law, God, natural competition, education, the poor, the wealthy, the women, the power of democracy). As for myself, I don’t know whom to trust other than God and don’t know whom He wants me to trust with a nation, and thus I remain politically confused :).

-Nicole (& sorry about the length...)

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Robin said...

I absolutely support abortion.
-Robin

 
At 11:47 PM, Blogger Aislinn said...

I agree with the separation of church and state.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger BobbyWasabi said...

I moved to this country from Italy about two years ago, and even though I was born here, I didn't recognise it politically. The amount of blind hatred and opposition I have seen recently between Republicans and Democrats is unlike anything I saw in America as a child. No one listens to the other side, everyone points fingers, and almost anything is said or done to make the other side look bad - and that's just the politicians. As citizens, we don't seem to hestitate too much at demonizing our own neighbours if they voted for the "evil" party. I miss the America where we fought together, not against each other.
- Sean

 
At 2:48 PM, Blogger Nate MacDonald said...

Join Arnold Schwarzenegger, hes my hero and should be yours too!

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger Morgane said...

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At 3:13 PM, Blogger Morgane said...

Religion should aboslutely not impede on politics, nor should impact voters' choice.

A politican's sexual preferences, personal life should be separated from the political scene.

We should not go backwards in history. Abortion should never be taken away from women.

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger Kelianne Chinn said...

We need to know the government is there when a national disaster strikes. Seeing the hurricane Katrina victims endure five days or more of 3rd world conditions in the aftermath of Katrina with no medical care, enough food or shelter makes me ponder about our countries National security. The FEMA organization did not live up to its standards of natural disaster security. In an organization where natural disasters are its primary concern this should have been addressed quickly and people should have been evacuated right away. Grant the governor told its citizens it would not be a high warning hurricane, FEMA should have been ready with no exception. It seems like the government always waits to take action or pre-cautions until some kind of disaster happens and many people die (ex. 9/11). I think the government needs to listen to the warning signs of events that could prove fatal to its people and also take more responsibility for the well-being of the country.

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger Bryce C. said...

I think government is something that is ever-changing... It seems a lot of people get really worried about the current state of politics, and this is good, but I think it's also normal. Society is ever changing and that's why our government is so cool, it can change and adapt to the nations current affairs and happenings!

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger Sherri Tucker said...

I support: the separation of church and state, recognizing and respecting the diversity of spiritual beliefs: abortion, maintaining the upward climb of female rights: animal rights, recognition of animal souls to awaken compassion: socialized medicine, guaranteeing medical care for every human being and human rights, ensuring the pursuit of happiness for all.

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger gena said...

I think a primary problem with the government today that is in need of reform is campaign finance reform. The FEMA fiasco is an excellent example of the structure of power that is dictated by money and power. Critical government positions should be through merit and experience not appointments.Additionally, I think we should have term limits on Senators some have tremendous power for individual states and pork spending projects.I feel rotation to represent equality and reduce power would help this problem.

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger Kyle G. said...

This last presidential election should prove to us all that we need every registered voter at the booths voting. I hear too many people complaining about our current state of affairs come to find out that they didnt even vote. What a shame.
kyle

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger alexslyuser said...

For many elections now and historically in this country as generally assuming elsewhere in the world, Political parties are headed by politicians who are corrupt and strive for power, those are also the people who have a long list of financial support from various sources and who are able to unfold a powerful and successful political compaign. Those who might be more suitable to govern and are less corrupt and more honest simply will never get to power or higher office because their election campaign will never receive enough funds and financial support to advertise and unfold a campaign. Such election procedure is unfair and unjust to the people who are forced to elect between two or three politicians who are in control of a huge wealth. There is no chance for a more modest political figure to be elected as a president or hold any position in a higher office.

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger Eugene Sasaki said...

People who live under a government have the obligation of inquiring and understanding what their government is doing. Whether it is foreign or domestic policy it is important to know. Ignorance is never bliss, and it is certainly never the case when it comes to our government.

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger Rebka Mitiku said...

I don't side with one political party or another, but I believe that politicians no longer work for the people. Once in office their promises to their fellow citizens diminish and they work only to accomplish their personal goals and the goals of their political party. They completely disregarding their duties and oath to serve the people of this country.

 
At 3:34 PM, Blogger Jason said...

I am a conservative republican from Seattle. I know this statement is somewhat oxymoronic, but someone has to take the right position :) My statement is this: I don’t think that Seattle should put up a statue of a naked father and son in a park where kids will be playing. This is just the kind of liberal thinking that will continue to demoralize this nation.

http://www.komotv.com/stories/39483.htm

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger Ali Tehrani said...

Since I grew up Germany and hence am a great supporter of German politics, one could say that I mostly identify myself with the socialist political approach in Germany. Not to be confused with Communism, the contemporary socialist German political system focuses primarily on the interest of the middle class people, opposed to a purely capitalistic system, which concentrates more on the market economy of a nation state. One could summarize the German system by stating that it represents more a cooperative world perspective instead of a competetive one. In general, Germany is one of greatest welfare states in world and, despite its recent economic turbulances, continues to pursue the best interest of the middle class by ensuring strict labor laws - enforced by unions - as well as by providing free education and medical care.
Although one might argue that taxes in Germany are much higher and economic differences are apparent in this stage of globalization, I still believe that Germany's political as well as economic approach is the perfect implementation of a combination of an idealist marxism/socialism and a realist capitalism. The result is a hybrid social market economy in a welfare state that exists in perfect harmony with constitutional liberalism in the context of democracy.
With regards to the political system here in the U.S., I do not support either of the two parties. Furthermore, I believe that many principles of our founding fathers have been lost in transition throughout all these years, which becomes apparent in imperialist approach of U.S. foreign policies throughout the last fifty years.

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger Angela Beardsley said...

I believe in the seperation of church and state. I do not think that it is fair to force one person's opinion on everyone else. Not everyone is going to have the same views or beliefs.

 
At 5:34 PM, Blogger Angela Beardsley said...

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At 6:03 PM, Blogger Nicole Stuart said...

The current administration has been incredibly invasive when it comes to certain social issues. I was always under the impression that those of the right believe that the less government interaction with the people, the better. Yet Bush and his administration continually pop up where they shouldn’t be while go missing for 5 days from where they should be. Times spent at Crawford “thinking” about stem cell research would have been better spent back in Washington paying close attention to threats from Al Qaeda, which we all know soon thereafter resulted in the numerous death toll on September the 11th. Our president should not be using his power to legislate his beliefs (i.e. stem cells, abstinence education, birth control use and availability here and in sub-Saharan Africa). It is not the job of the administration to mold the nation into a country that follows its personal and religious views. Hopefully following hurricane Katrina and Bush’s subsequent approval rating plummet, Americans will agree that the current administrations’ attention and heart are not in the right place.

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger Lorene said...

As a conservative Christian it is really too bad that the moral degradation of society is reflected so much in our politics. What is a republican and what is a democrat these days? I know what the future is for the world as explained in Revelation and therefore the political events we are seeing should not be of any surprise. I do know this, Once the United States completely takes the Lord out of this country will be the day we will fall..... just like the Roman empire did for turning away from God-that's a fact whether we chose to believe it or not.

 
At 9:17 PM, Blogger Becky said...

Our current form of government renders politicians powerless because they get caught in a web of bureaucracy. Even those with good intentions that we elect to office don’t accomplish much. Our government serves the elite, and is no longer a voice for, or makes decisions for, the middle and lower economic classes.
I believe in a total separation of church and state. A child of another faith shouldn’t be forced to say ‘one nation, under God’. Congress begins sessions with a prayer, which is in direct conflict with the constitution.
Becky

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger AnnaJo said...

If the the political system is corrupt then it is as much the fault of the voters as it is of the politicians. As voters we have become so willing to accept what is said that we do not look for the truth ourselves. If we out more effort into our selection of who we vote for we would be able to spend less time complaining about how bad everything has gotten

A. Badgley

 
At 9:23 PM, Blogger Bryan said...

I have thought about compiling a list of political opinions that I hold. However, I have come to the conclusion that I really do not hold very much in such concrete absolution. I try to sort out as best the issues and intended actions presented and make sense of the repercussions. This is not an easy task as I consider myself to be a Demopublican. I can honestly say that given the political state of this country, most Americans do not take the time to truly understand the issues they are voting into or out of existence. There are simply too many issues and with line items being added, the lines of reasonable bills are obscured leaving little to believe that the American people have really voted their real intentions.

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger Erin R. said...

I believe that woman have the right there own bodies and their own choices when it comes to abortions.

 
At 11:02 PM, Blogger KyleSanders said...

In a country run by government it should be required that all citizens living under that government understand what it stands for, as well as, be actively engaged in what ultimatly determines there own future.
-Kyle Sanders.

 
At 11:15 PM, Blogger James Douglas said...

My biggest "beef" with politics today, or rather the american people's take on politics, is that many "christians" are under the misconception that God is a Republican, and that voting for any liberal candadate would therfore piss Him off. I just can't stand the blind devotion many in this country have for the current administration, and when asked about it, the just say something like "but he's a good man", or "he shares my beliefs" If they would take the time to think about it, I'm guessing that their beliefs don't include killing thousands of inocent Iraqis under false pretenses.

 
At 12:32 AM, Blogger Joshua K said...

American Deaths since the Iraq war began (3/19/03): 1,936
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 1,799
Nearly 30,000 civilians have perished since the war commenced, all in the name of Democracy and Freedom. Politics in the U.S. these days is all about forcing ideals onto those that are in the minority. It's a fact, religion and politics do coexist in many governments. Who wants to study Islamic Fundamentalism?
www.antiwar.com/casualties

 
At 6:59 AM, Blogger Danielle Hanson said...

Why is it that this great nation can take care of every other countries problems except our own? Isnt there is enough poverty, joblessness, homelessness, and disease to keep this government busy for years to come?
-DH-

 
At 7:48 AM, Blogger wpatten said...

I feel that the level of power and influence of certain entities such as large conglomerates and multinational corporations should be more clearly defined and monitored. It’s when these entities reach a certain level of power that the abuse of power and corruption can occur. The difficult task is to assess at what point the government needs to intervene.

 
At 8:03 AM, Blogger aria said...

Our current two party system needs to go. I believe that the republican party has been taken over by the religious right and many democrats are way too conservative for my taste. Our country is too large and diverse to only allow two groups to decides what's best for the rest of us.

 
At 8:29 AM, Blogger Ryan said...

Ryan Wooten said: The idea of a civil war is long gone. However, America is on the verge of a "political" civil war. I guess their is no longer any room for debate between the parties. Either you are right or wrong depending on the political beliefs of the person you are conversing with.

 
At 8:35 AM, Blogger Ryan said...

Their is no longer any room for debate betwen "liberals" and "conservitives." It is much easier to play the blame game than it is working with one and other in order to pool the best ideas from each party. Both the left and the right want the best for this country. Those involved in the discision making process should always keep this in mind.

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger greg said...

our federal govt. needs to stop giving a driving force to the terrorists. There are specific foreign policy decisions that have led to where we are today. (in addition to our advancing culture which the govt. can't do much about).

 
At 11:21 AM, Blogger JennyNichols said...

I think it is the government’s responsibility to provide funds and policies that will ensure that hospitals are able to help all people in emergency situations, regardless of social class, and nature of ailment.

 

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