I am asked quite often what my political affiliation is and quite honestly I don’t know. Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative… I have looked up all these titles and not one of them applies to me 100%. I am registered as Independent, which is the wimp way of say “Fuck if I know!” Politics, like religion is a very touchy area. You can identify with one title, but when a subject comes up that you believe differently on you are labeled as the opposite. Now, while I don’t know my political tag, I do know what I believe in and what works right for me. So, below I am going to list some of the hot button topics that people use in labeling political following and I will allow you my readers to tell me what you think my political label is.
Death Penalty – I am going to start with a relatively easy one here. Yes, I believe in the death penalty and my only complaint is that it is not used enough or quickly enough from sentencing. The people that are against the death penalty amuse me because more often than not when you talk with them they also complain about over crowding in the prisons. As a parent I have learned that punishment must be swift, immediate and deserving of the offense committed. This should apply to our criminal punishment system as well. Sentencing deals, early release, appeal after appeal… all of these things have led to the joke that our criminal justice system is now. I honestly do not care if it is their first offence or their 50th, there should be a single standard of punishment. An eye for an eye may very well leave us all blind, but justice always needs to be served.
Abortion – I have sounded off on this topic before, but it is one of the hot button topics so I have to include it in here. I am against abortion, plain and simple. The only time I feel it is right is in cases of rape, incest or a risk of death to the mother. Abortion is not a form of birth control and it sickens me that it is used that way. What about a woman’s right to choose, you ask. The right to choose ends the moment you have sex, everyone knows that sex can lead to a child despite any form of birth control and if it is that much of a concern for you there is always the morning after pill. Honestly I do not even know where this whole “Woman’s right to choose” came from. We are supposed to be an equal society, but yet when it comes to accidental conceptions the man has no say in it at all, anyone care to explain that one to me?
Gun Control – Now here is a nice little bomb shell. Now before you all go quoting the Second Amendment at me, actually read it. It does not guarantee citizens the right to own firearms, it is talking about a state run militia. Now, having said that, I believe fully that people should be allowed to own guns. I also believe that any crime committed with a gun should have an extra penalty added to it. Gun ownership, like a driver’s license, should be, and really is, a privilege not a right. We as Americans take to much for granted is what we conceive as being our rights, we have this whole national attitude of entitlement and it really pisses me off.
Education - Oh boy, another one of my touchy subjects. Plain and simple our education system sucks. Teachers need to be paid more and there needs to be a lower ration of teachers to students, honestly we should work towards a 1:10 ratio. Funding for education is very important and needs to be a priority because honestly we have idiots graduating from High School. Basic skills are not even being learned like math, spelling proper writing technique and penmanship. These teachers have no choice but to pass the kids on year after year even though they know they should be held back. Students should not have to provide items that are used by the entire class, when I was in school we all had our own textbooks and the supplies we needed were provided by the schools.
Healthcare – So, here we go, the biggest topic on everyone’s mind right now. The current healthcare system is a mess, we all know this and we all know we need a change. is Obama’s plan perfect? Shit, no, but it is what is able to be passed at this time. you have 535 people in Congress that want this and that added or taken out and for the bill to pass all of these concessions have to be made. (Now can you see why our form of government sucks?) The people in Washington are not worried about looking out for what is best for the nation, they are focused on what they need to do to get reelected and if you think that is false, well brother, think again. Most of the people in congress are career politicians who would not know what to do with a real job. When our government was being established the idea was for regular citizens, like you and me, to sacrifice a few years of their time for the betterment of their country. So yeah, Obama’s plan has my support because it is better than what we have, if there was something better out there I would be for it. Everyone should be able to get healthcare with no exceptions. This selective treatment by insurance companies, the insurance companies coming up with excuse after excuse not to pay, the skyrocketing costs of medications… the list goes on and on and it is time to wake up and fix it America.
Homosexuality – What is wrong with us? Seriously, what is wrong with all of us as a nation? It is 2010 and we still discriminate against people, I am really starting to doubt what Darwin said about evolution. It is entirely ridiculous that we have to institute laws to protect against discrimination in the work place based on sexual preference and equally ludicrous that we have this over a decade long fight now to get legal acceptance of gay marriages. These are common sense things people, wake the fuck up. We have real issues to deal with, not all this “You have offended my burning bush bullshit.” Homosexuals should be able to marry and have that marriage recognized not only by their state, but by every other state in the country. I don’t honestly care if homosexuality is a choice or ingrained into our DNA or whatever, these are our fellow citizens we are shutting out, Jesus Christ y’all flipped a nut when Saddam Hussein did it and we still talk about Hitler. A person’s color, age, gender, sexual preference or anything else should never be a factor, as long as they are proper American citizens they are entitled to every other right and privilege that all Americans have.
Religion – Where to start here… religion is fine for the people that want/need it, but it needs to keep it’s nose out of society. The first amendment among other things, grants freedom of religion. Well, to me, this applies to people who do not have, do not believe in, or are not sure about a religion. Churches should not be able to have any input whatsoever in laws that are passed. Churches want government to stay out of their doings and they need to do the same unless of course they want to drop that status quo. Religion has a different meaning to everyone, not everyone believes the same and it is just wrong to allow what amounts to 30% of the population to say what everyone else should do, that is not even a majority! I am not discounting religion at all, I am not even sure what my own beliefs are, that is something I have been putting off for a while now, trying to figure out just what I do believe, but in this day and age we do not need to be ruled by religion. Look at current events and wars and conflicts through history, religion has always been at the base of it and that is a rather scary thought. Having the phrase “One nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is not a bag thing and neither is “In God We Trust” on our money. Our country was founded by religious people, fine and good. However, a lot of our founding fathers were not Christians, they were in fact Deists. Click HERE for some information about that. What it all boils down to is that we all need to respect each other as citizens and drop all the labels already. We are in the 21st Century for crying out loud, let’s at least start acting like we have moved on from the Dark Ages.
Parental Responsibility – So, I think I am going to close off with this topic and I plan to cover a few different areas. Parents need to actually start being parents, stop letting the electronic devices take care of your kids. Force them to go outside or read. It is your job to guide them and instill in them the core values and social skills they will need to be a worthwhile adult. Talk with your kids, show an interest in what they like to do and please, keep an eye on their education throughout the school year and not just when the report cards come out. Stop allowing your kids to have a feeling of entitlement, do not be afraid to say no to them or god forbid, ground them and take away the electronic devices. I don’t know exactly when it happened, but making it a bad thing to spank your child has had disastrous affects on the children. I understand it was all in an effort to stop child abuse, but it went way to far. I was raised in a household where you got spanked when you did wrong and I grew to become someone that shows proper respect for people and understands how society works. These kids I see nowadays coming into adulthood have the whole sense that the world owes them everything. And the teens and pre-teens I see make me shiver in horror. Kids swearing at their parents? Threatening to call DHHS if they don’t get their way? Teens being granted emancipation because they don’t want to take out the trash? Give me a break, we are creating a generation of selfish, spoiled people. These are the people that are going to be controlling the country in a decade or so, that is a scary thought for me. Time outs, talking with your children, yes they have their place and they do work, but sometimes a kid just needs a good old fashioned seat on the ass to get their attention.
So, there you go, there are my thoughts on some of the bigger topics nowadays. If you have questions about other topics feel free to ask and I will answer them. As I said at the beginning I am just trying to get an idea of where my political standings are and appreciate any input I get. The only thing I ask is that if you do chose to respond please be an adult about it. Be respectful of what I have put here, I don’t care if you disagree but be an adult about how you respond to me and how others may respond.