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Friday, June 11, 2004

Reader's Guide, part II

I have found a mission for this blog. I'm encouraging people to vote by using their heads rather than the media.

I despise the linear political spectrum, and I'm going to try to free you of its labels. You can be a number of things. To see who you are politically, take the World's Smallest Political Quiz.

Mine came out "libertarian." Nothing else, no other leanings, just like me. I have consistent though unconventional views.

Here's a brief summary of what will be expressed here:

Thoughts on Politics in General

1. Not all Democrats are liberals, nor are all Republicans conservatives. This blog will be completely incomprehensible if you don't free yourself of this stereotype. Whether you are right-wing or left-wing doesn't matter here. I respect all people regardless of political affiliation, and I actually agree with right-wingers on occasion.

2. Vote for who represents you, not for "your party." That's the whole point of a representative democracy. If I think a Democrat is a "liberal assclown," I won't vote for him/her.

3. Remember that when you vote for a presidential candidate, you're voting in an entire administration, not just the candidate, since cabinet members are appointed.

4. Criticism of the president on Supreme Court decisions, terrorist attacks and the liberating of foreign countries should be consistent. John Kerry isn't the only one who seems to change his mind on everything. The media was for foreign intervention before it was against it. Clinton did the same thing in Kosovo as Bush did in Iraq, but only one of them is being treated harshly -- for taking on a larger assignment. Iraq is nowhere near Vietnam in casualties, and some good things are happening there.

5. Stop talking about Kerry changing his mind. The partisans are too blind to see that George W. has flip-flopped on his campaign promises as well. Do you remember when then-governor Bush said that we shouldn't be policing the world? Now we have soldiers all over the Middle East with talk of sending more.

My Political Views

1. We will not have a minority president until around 2050, and even then, the candidate will most likely be a wealthy male Latino (the predicted majority). Give up your bickering about the unfairness of elections and use your head. The president represents the majority of America -- right now, it's still rich, white males -- and the astronomical amount of money required to conduct a campaign means that only the richest candidates have a shot.

2. I believe in a free society, but with limited government, and more than the Libertarian party would allow. The Green party would drive the economy into the dirt with its environmental regulation. The Republican party favors increased personal surveilance to go with the economic freedoms it provides. Another problem is that total, laissez-faire economics has proven itself to be useless. I find the Democratic method for social reform and economic intervention while allowing more personal freedom is the best choice for me. I'd go with a libertarian-leaning liberal.

3. John Kerry is a libertarian-leaning liberal. Unless you can prove to me that he is a menace to society, I make this statement: John Kerry is a douchebag, but I'm voting for him anyway.

4. Restrictions on alcohol, drugs, and prostitution are government waste.

Alcohol: The legal drinking age should be 18. Right now, 18-year-olds are allowed to die for this country and vote to determine our future, but the government still won't let them handle beer.

Drugs: Ever see somebody get sentenced to rehab? Besides, alcohol is probably worse. You never hear about a violent stoner.

Prostitution: Whores do the same thing as porn stars, but apparently going off-camera is illegal.

5. The economy needs to be regulated but not as closely as now. Price controls mess with the laws of economics and only make our farmers even worse off. Welfare is getting out of hand; people should not be able to live off of welfare alone. Outsourcing should be stopped but not by law. I like John Edwards' proposal to offer monetary incentives for keeping businesses in the U.S. (I also hope he is the V.P. candidate.)

6. I like Kerry's approach to personal surveilance -- only where it's needed. We need to have some surveilance to prevent another 9/11, but the Patriot Act is unconstitutional. I also agree with his support of free speech. Hell, the government may be viewing this site as you read this, waiting to arrest me. I wouldn't need to worry quite as much under Kerry's watch.