I’ve been called a liberal several times on this blog and it finally hit a nerve somewhere inside me. I’m not a right wing extremist, offended by being called such a name, but I’ve also never considered myself a liberal at all. So I decided to do a post proclaiming my opinions on the big issues that our country has to deal with all the time.
Maybe my readers can label me so I know which arguments I’m “supposed” to fight for . . . you know, since we all think exactly like one group or the other.
Guns: I’m sure this is a no-brainer. I support the right to own firearms. Period. This right should never be infringed.
Government Control: I’m in favor of less government control and regulation. We’re the land of the free, but we’re not really free to make decisions anymore; the government makes them for us.
Abortion: I support a woman’s right to choose. I think every woman has the right to an abortion provided by a professional medical staff. I don’t think it should be paid for by taxpayers or any government aid, and I don’t think it should be allowed after significant development has taken place.
Immigration: I support stronger border control. I am not opposed to immigrants flocking to our great nation, I just think they need to do it the right way.
Gay Marriage: I see no problem with allowing homosexuals get married. Regardless of your stance on whether or not being gay is a choice, I think they should be allowed to marry.
Healthcare: I don’t think we need a government funded healthcare system. Not only does that strain the country with more financial burdens, requiring that everyone be insured is just one more way the government is removing our freedom to choose for ourselves.
Military: I support our military and our troops. I always have. I don’t always agree with decisions made by those sitting behind the desks, but our troops are fighting, and some dying, in support of this great nation.
Foreign Policy: We don’t need to police the world. I think we need to become less involved in the United Nations and stop letting their policies influence ours at home. That said, we need to maintain a strong nation both militarily and diplomatically to ensure we remain a top contender in world power. Being a top contender allows us to receive far better trade deals and helps ensure a strong economy.
I also feel like we should stop sending so much money overseas. I like that my country is so kind-hearted that we want to help everyone, but we have people in need of help right here in our own country. Lets take care of our own first and foremost.
Stem Cell Research: I feel strongly that this is the area of science that will lead to cures for many diseases which are currently incurable. Stem cell research (not all of it is embryonic) has great potential in the medical field and should be fully explored.
Religion: I do not practice any form of religion, though I do not consider myself “atheist”. I don’t worship God or any other supreme being, but I don’t chastise those who do. I am close to people who are very religious and I always honor their time of prayer and silence the same way they do. I am also not against the idea that there may very well be a god or gods, I just choose not to worship any.
Welfare: I support drug testing for anyone on welfare or financial aid. I get tested at my job where I work for my money. Those on welfare don’t have to go through such restrictions and are able to receive money without working. I’m also against people having more children just so they can receive more financial aid (yes, it happens a lot). That is not fair to anyone, especially the children.
Drugs: I think Marijuana should be legalized and taxed. It impairs users no more than alcohol; alcohol is legal in every state. In addition, legalizing it would reduce the extra strain on our justice system and could provide much needed revenue. I think smoking should not be regulated on private properties. Businesses and individuals should be allowed to choose whether or not people can smoke on their property. *As a side note here, I do not participate in any of these activities and actually despise them, but I still think others should be allowed to do them without irrational restrictions.
I consider myself an individual, capable of forming my own opinions. However, as a citizen of the United States Political Machine, I’ve been trained to think of myself only as red or blue. Left or right. Conservative or Liberal. Democrat or Republican. We can’t have our own thoughts and ideas unless we stick to some variation of what our party believes.
So, what am I? You tell me.
** This post is not intended to incite a debate or anger, though I know it will. I will listen to everyone’s comments but I do not intend to respond. These are my beliefs and I don’t feel like trying to defend against attacks from internet trolls. I accept that we all have different opinions and I understand they are just that, opinions. And I hope that you, the reader, understand that this is a blog. I am in no way a professional anything and I do not claim to be. I just want everyone to understand you don’t have to define yourself as a member of one party or the other. Be yourself and support ideas you believe in and not just those your party supports. **