Proud to be a SnowflakeSeptember 7, 2018
Sooner or later you’ll realize the obvious: I am a liberal.
Well, that’s not entirely true. Only an ignoramus, in my view, chooses to live within the almost arbitrary and constantly changing bucket of conservatism or liberalism, and no one who claims to be open minded, intelligent, and capable of changing their opinions based on new data can be said to be anything but. On some subjects I am highly conservative. On most I am liberal. On nearly everything I’m open to debate. Yes, I admit there a few topics I won’t budge on (the death penalty, for example), but other than that I’m as flexible as science, logic, and the data allow.
That said and done most Americans would consider me a liberal. Hell, I’m even a registered Green Party member, which not only makes me liberal but a tree hugging wacko (according to some–truth is, I signed up as a member in my twenties and never got around to changing it to what I really am, a cold hearted independent). I believe in a woman’s right to choose. I believe that it’s the job of government to make wise decisions about how tax money is spent and those choices should be for one thing and one thing only: the health of the society to which it governs. Which means I believe more of our resources need to be dedicated to education, the environment, infrastructure, creating positive relationships with countries around the world while maintaining an ample military in cases where diplomacy fails, and so on. So yeah, tree hugging wacko.
Then again I’m a staunch Constitutionalist which means I think the religious right needs to keep their grubby hands out of politics, that they have absolutely no right to tell the rest of us how to live, what to worship, or who to love and, despite it being something that would make many cringe, I believe the constitution supports taxing churches because that doesn’t necessarily break the first amendment, as written. I believe the press has the job of seeking out the truth and that every one of us has a right to first amendment protections and will always support that right for those I vehemently disagree with. I believe in the right to bear arms (and have owned them myself) but do so with an understanding of what technology was like in 1776–founding fathers could never have foreseen what a modern assault rifle could do and would never suggest it be available to every household. I could go on and on but the point I’m trying to get is that I believe the U.S. Constitution, while flawed, is a pretty damn good document for defining a successful government, it’s just that it continues to be twisted, warped, and poisoned by those in power (especially the current person living in the White House, a man I will never call President).
One are of the Constitution I disagree with: The Electoral College. We could easily get rid of it with an amendment, but it will remain as long as it continues to provide power to the political elite. Other democracies look at our use of the E.C. and just shake their heads: popular vote tends to be what decides things in most other first world countries.
To conclude I’d like to raise some eyebrows.
- I believe school uniforms should be mandatory in public schools.
- I believe military spending should be cut in half.
- I believe congressmen and their families should live with the healthcare, wages, living accommodations, etc., of the least of us.
- I believe in a living wage.
- I believe college education should be free for anyone with a 3.5 GPA and higher.
- I believe whistle blowers should be afforded full protections and anyone in a situation where they want to blow the whistle on government corruption should have access to a government paid attorney to help them in order to resolve abuses by our government quickly.
- I believe the richer you are the higher your tax burden should be, percentage wise.
- In regard to the previous, I strongly believe taxes for the rich should be hiked every year until we’ve solved the problem of homelessness and starvation: no society of our wealth should allow these moral travesties to occur.
- I believe that anyone who thinks people who end up on the street, starving, can’t get an education, etc., because they don’t try hard enough is more than likely privileged and nearsighted.
- I believe The American Dream is a wet dream adhered to by the symbol minded.
I could go on all day so…I’m going to shut up now and have a pee.