I'm not sure I've ever actually written out a comprehensive list of my ideas and beliefs, so maybe I will also learn something about myself through this experience.
I'm pro-abortion. I have several reasons which are the foundation of my view. Currently, there are too many people inhabiting the planet; too many underprivileged parents whom are unable to provide sufficiently for their children; too many babies living and suffering in poor conditions. As a man, it is not for me to judge or place such a law on women. It is absolutely incomprehensible to me what making that choice would be like.
I'm against capital punishment. Not because of the deed itself, but because it can, has, and will again wrongfully condemn innocent people to death.
Trickle down economics are bullshit. Give money at the top and it stops there in the first rung of the ladder, never gets past their offshore savings account. If that same money is given to the poor they will spend it as fast as possible. From there it trickles up the very same ladder, eventually coming to rest in those very same offshore accounts, except everyone benefits. This is one of the most impressive scams the plutocrats have ever pulled off.
A government's priority should be investing in the country in which it governs.
I believe that citizens should have the right to wield rifles, shotguns, handguns, and concealed weapons. I simply don't see the need for assault rifles.
Education should be a high priority investment.
I believe violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. (Thanks Isaac.)
The human race can overcome the seemingly insurmountable problems we face today. Global warming is a fact. Whether or not you or I believe that it has been through the fault of man is irrelevant. Nineteen square miles of an ice shelf on Ellesmere Island recently broke off. It was 4500 years old. This was just one of several massive islands constituting hundreds of square miles of ice breaking off the Northern and Southern caps. As for my personal belief on this subject, I believe that humans have made some contribution to the problem. However, we are not the sole cause of this mammoth process. Fact is, the climate is changing and the planet is warming: glaciers in the Alps and elsewhere are retreating, ice shelves are breaking up, and the average ocean temperature is rising, slow and steady. How do we plan to respond to these drastic changes? As an American who knows Americans I think I know the answer, use more energy.
Oil is not the sole solution; it's part of a larger solution. The pristine parts of this country are few and far between. They are intrinsic to the value of America. Domestic drilling can be done responsibly; it just takes more time. Opening floodgates and allowing a free for all is not the way to proceed and that's what a player like Palin brings to the table.
The $150 billion dollar renewable energy investment proposed by Obama is a solid and reasonable number to put us on the right path. Many people scoff and complain that it's too small of an amount to make a significant difference. I completely disagree with this. If enough money is invested into private startups that have great ideas but lack the cash flow to realize their ideas, incredible things will begin to take place. The budget right now for the government's largest R&D facility, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is $378 million. They do great things with this money. They've won many awards. But there is far more potential for good! Have you read the news story about Bush cutting their budget? Due to these budget cuts, NREL was forced to lay off 32 employees. Meanwhile, renewable energy investment was only vaguely emphasized in his State of the Union Address. Later that month Bush visited them. Realizing the faux pas, he awarded them an emergency $5 million to assist them in rehiring some of those laid off. A few returned but many did not. This emergency cash was still $23 million short of their needed budget. We should be supporting these people and the goals. Technologies such as solar films, small solar arrays, co-generation micro-turbines that can capitalize on smaller volumes of natural gas can all be used to decentralize our power grid which is a national security issue and also diminish our dependence on oil which is great for national security and better for the environment. The final hurdle is storage. Good news, MIT has had some recent battery breakthrough technology. If only they had the cash resources to bring these ideas to life. Now, there is one candidate I KNOW won't supply much, if any, additional funding for these programs. And there is one who claims that he will. The neo cons tell me that all politicians lie, there's no way he could possibly carry out his visions. I say it would be my folly not to try the unknown when the known is negative.
Minimum wage for emancipated adults should be a livable wage. That said, there is no reason to keep raising minimum wage for those who are still "dependents."
I believe the Taliban was and is a far greater threat to world security than Saddam.
We should be supporting the men and women who protect and have protected our country. The Disabled Veterans of America gave Obama a B+ rating for his voting record to McCain's D.
I believe that a vast proportion of the violence in Iraq is a by-product of our troops occupying that sovereign nation.
I believe in local government. Each state should be granted the authority to regulate their residents more heavily than the federal government.
I believe that taxing the rich more heavily is perfectly acceptable.
I believe Russia did the right thing stepping in and defending the otherwise defenseless South Ossetia against the megalomaniacal leader who came in with Georgian troops that massacred women and children along their war path.
John McCain is a true American hero who did an amazing thing by rejecting the offer to get out of the camp and staying with his men.
I believe that with the stress of spending 4 years in a POW camp compounded with the very heavy mantle of the Presidential office has aged McCain beyond his 72 years. I give him a 50/50 chance of surviving a term.
The office of the President of the United States of America should be far more of a figurehead rather than incredibly proactive. He should be a generator of ideas and an inspiration to the people.
I believe the presidential level isn't where things actually get done. That is done on the lowest level, the people's level. The people will get it done when they are inspired. There is only one presidential nominee capable of inspiring this kind of grass roots movement. Witness his unheard of grass roots fund raising and donations of less than $200. Many who have never paid attention before are actually involved and excited. The power of this is completely underrated.
Republicans of today are some of the most gluttonous spenders in American history. They have overseen the largest expansion of American debt and largest increase in governmental spending, are insatiably power hungry, are completely disrespectful of civil liberty and privacy, and rule with fear. As Helen Keller said, "Security is an illusion. Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all." True conservatives should spit in the face of this administration.
I could continue, but I'm a little tired. This will do for now.
In any case, I don't toe the party line. I have my reasons, and I think they're reasonable. If any of you made it this far, congratulations, I just might like you in RL.