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« Reply #1375 on: May 07, 2019, 10:58:44 am »

Ghost, I obviously disagree with a lot that you typed, but I'm glad you typed this all up.  You often make pretty good effort posts, but they are usually just about Trump, and it was really interesting to see some of your unrelated views.
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« Reply #1376 on: May 07, 2019, 01:21:41 pm »
« Edited: May 08, 2019, 01:01:38 am by Donborvio »

"Progressive Conservative" - Want people to come together to solve real issues and relegate garbage like "intersectionalism" to the wastebin of history. No special treatments for anyone, equity for all.

Social Policy:

Abortion: Pro-life personally, politically would push more things like morning-after pills and contraceptives. Make abortion a "last resort" option to save lives and in cases of rape. Remove all public funding for pro-or-anti-abortion groups, clinics, etc.
Same Sex Marriage: Decentralize, this is not a matter of the state.
Drugs: End the war on drugs, legalize marijuana, decrimalize drug use, increase taxes and restrict use on tobacco and alcohol until they're on the same ground as marijuana
Stem Cell Research: Support, NO federal funding
Death Penalty: Abolish
Gun control: Modified 3-tier Yang plan: Tier 1: Basic shotguns, low-caliber rifles, low-caliber handguns for all; Tier 2: All semi-auto small arms (up to .50BMG), semi-auto shotguns. Basic training every 3-4 years like CCW; Tier 3: similar to class 3 FFL licensing with access to all full-auto small arms. No one would have access to large explosives without special license/cases.
Religious Freedom: America has religious freedom. Either to or from religion.
Affirmative Action: Repeal, replace with systems to better educate minorities and work on the deconstruction of "urban culture".
Prostitution: Decriminalize
Euthanasia: Legalize, with some limitations.

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage: Repeal minimum wage, all current welfare and failing social security and replace with the Yang plan of $1000/mo UBI.
Welfare, Healthcare, Social Security: See above, free the healthcare system from insurance companies and big pharma. Government will negotiate better prices and open interstate lanes for cheaper insurance.
Collective Bargaining: Make it so any worker can unionize without penalty/retaliation and also unions cannot force memberships or dues paid.
Taxation: Repeal the income tax, replace with VAT and the UBI. Outlaw property taxes to bring back true landownership and promote more Americans to buy homes.
Trade: Full tariff-free trade is the goal. That benefits the consumer the most.
Education: We need to do far better at teaching history, critical thinking, finance and economics, and long-term thinking. A full-on overhaul to meet the "cyberpunk" future where most menial jobs are automated and to clear out the ranks of entrenched cultural Marxists.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Support.
Immigration: Set up a path-to-citizenship like most other first-world countries. Process illegals for VISAs or deportation if they have committed crimes. Set up surveillance "wall" at the borders.


Foreign Policy and National Security:

Afghanistan: Leave.
Iraq: Leave.
Iran: Normalize relations. Monitor nuclear progress.
Syria: Leave.
Yemen: Leave, help broker a peace deal.
Military Spending: Go back to Eisenhower. End the reliance on contractors. Break the military-security-intelligence complex. Downsize the Army. If the Admirals and Generals can't defend the United States for a sane price-tag, fire them and find ones who can. Our military is a joke and a disaster waiting to happen.
Homeland Security: Abolish. Repeal the PATRIOT Act in full.
Global policing: End Team America World Police unless that country asks for help. Maintain some military presence for quick response to crises.
NSA Spying: Abolish the NSA. Reform FISA. Hand off domestic surveillance (when necessary) to the FBI, give foreign surveillance to the DIA and CIA. Check if the statue of limitations for those involved has expired yet.
Palestine: two-state solution
Israel: Support, do not fund
Kurds: Support creating their own country or becoming apart of a new, stable Syria.
Saudi Arabia: Let China be their white knights now, cancel all agreements.
Guantanamo Bay: Use as a trade piece with Cuba to help open up trade/relations/tourism again.
NATO: Support as long as they pay up. Try to normalize relations with Russia as best we can.


Environment:

Climate Change: Big concern but I don't think we're screwed in only 12 years. But either we promote real solutions like IBM's new chemical plastic breakdown/recycling system or the phasing out of fossil fuels, switching farms to improve our diet from animals to plants or face the consequences of our actions and look for a new planet to call home.
Green Energy: Phase out coal and oil as fast as possible. Full support to nuclear for power grid, retiring older reactors and replacing with Thorium designs (liquid fuel, no meltdown). Fix infrastructure to prevent attacks and hacking taking down large portions of the grid. Finish and open Yucca Mountain, middle finger to the NIMBYs. Continue solar and nuclear fusion research for the future.
Carbon Tax: No ponzi schemes. Where would this money be spent? There are better options.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Finish it, and make sure it's the last we need.

Electoral Reform:

Electoral College:  Make the votes in the EC better tied to the state population so the vote is fairly equalized across the country and candidates won't just tour a few states as in a NPV.  
Gerrymandering: End it. Give states model legislation with multiple options on how to fairly arrange districts. States that don't comply lose federal funding.
Term limits: Yes, for most, but longer terms for POTUS and House. President for 6 years x2, Senators for 6 x2, House Members for 4 x2.
Voter ID: Yes, with free IDs for all.
Compulsory Voting: No. Make election day on a weekend to improve turnout.
Voting: End first-past-the-post. Implement ranked voting or a similar system (Condorcet?). Go to a multi-party system.
Statehood: Require referendums for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Pacific Territories with option to leave/become independent.
Supreme Court: Restore old standard for approval and no "nuclear" option. 20 year term-limits.
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« Reply #1377 on: May 07, 2019, 01:23:39 pm »

Thanks to Ghost as "borrowed" his list and co-opted positions I agreed with (and added/combined a few).
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« Reply #1378 on: May 23, 2019, 02:05:54 am »

Overall Ideology: Libertarian/Nationalist

GENERAL DEFINITIONS:
- Freedom is the ability to make choices and pursue courses of action for oneself without the hindrance of the arbitrary whims and wishes of other people.
- Security is the ability to make choices and pursue courses of action for oneself without fear of harm, want, or consequences.
- "Freedom from want" is an alternative way of phrasing the word "security," used by pseudo-intellectuals with the intent to deceive.
- The Self is the element of a person that chooses between multiple courses of action.
- There is no such thing as "human nature" because humans often have many conflicting instincts at once, and no instinct is necessarily superior to any other. Therefore it is up to the individual to decide which instinct he wishes to obey. The Self exists only as a mechanism for choosing.
- Individualism is the desire to control one's own destiny, and the confidence in one's own investments and decisions.
- Collectivism is the desire to negate one's Self by relinquishing control over the decision-making process and ceding it to a larger group. This occurs because the individual is not confident in his own investments and decisions.
- Investment is the ability to plan ahead for long periods of time, and to try to improve the state of one's life. It only instinct/ability which sets humans apart from animals.

THE STATE:
- The State in its proper form is created when those who manage to profit from their investments (farmers in early agricultural societies) determine that they need a way to protect their savings and further investments. Therefore the State exists solely to protect the investments of productive individuals.
- Taxes are the means of funding the State's protection of property. They must provide for defense, a legal system, and a police force. The State must also enforce contracts made between individuals, and severely punish businesses that mislead their customers.
- Though the State exists solely to protect the private property of those it is entrusted to serve, those who value collectivism rather than individualism prefer to use it as a method to seek unity through language, race, cultural background, religious belief, geography, political ideology, or some combination of these. Those who wish to associate with one another this way should not be prevented from doing so, but at the same time, they must not be able to force others to participate.
- Therefore, the ideal state will provide the basic framework of property protection, and allow for privately owned communities to make their own laws, provided that those living in them have the right of exit.
- These private communities could make religious laws, and extract taxes to pay for welfare and social programs, based on the principles set out by the owners of the community's property. Thus, the State will substantially delegate power to local authorities, provided that those local authorities confine their power to their own property and do not infringe upon the rights of individuals.

SOCIAL POLICY:
- Due to the principles outlined above, the State's social policy should be non-discriminatory in the most extreme sense possible. The State must not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political ideology.
- Private institutions may discriminate however they see fit, provided that those participating have the right of exit.
- In order to prevent those who obey their collectivist instincts from infringing upon the freedoms of those with individualist instincts, the rights to freedom of speech, to self-defense, to a free press, and to freedom of worship must not be infringed.
- Children, being individuals, have rights. Parents have no right to indoctrinate their children into any religion, political ideology, or other belief system. Those who do this are abusive. For this same reason, circumcision must be banned.
- Fetuses are not human and are therefore not a factor in this moral system. However, fully legal abortion must come with an end to government-mandated child support (if the decision is the mother's alone, the father must not be forced to participate in child-rearing).
- Drugs and alcohol must be fully legal, though private health care providers must be allowed to refuse service to those who participate in these activities.

ECONOMIC POLICY:
- Taxes should be paid only by citizens with property/investments.
- Welfare is a system of corrupt bargaining between elected officials and a greedy populace. It exists solely for politicians to deliver giveaways to the various constituent groups that leech off of them. All subsidies and redistributive tax policies are morally wrong.
- Price controls like rent control increase demand while decreasing supply, creating shortages that are extremely harmful to the economy. They are also an infringement on the right to free contract, which makes them immoral in addition to being ineffectual.
- Tariffs should only be enacted if the foreign nation in question has already enacted them; otherwise they are an act of aggression.
- Central Banks are methods of monopolizing money supply and controlling interest rates. They must be abolished.
- Any currency issued by the State must have intrinsic value to prevent incentivizing government debt.
- Unions are an excellent method for bargaining, but must not be enforced by the State.

POLITICAL POLICY:
- Democracy is a utilitarian form of collectivism that leaves the rights of individuals up to the rule of the majority. By ceding the process of decision-making to the group, the individual loses all agency and allows himself to be tyrannized. Democracy also removes the immediacy of the effects of votes from the minds of individuals, and through collective action, nobody feels responsible for the system's horrible outcomes. For these reasons, it is immoral.
- A democratic system requires a ban on all welfare, as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign. If this is not possible, then only property owners (those whom the State exists to serve first and foremost) must be allowed to vote.
- Interventionism is contradictory, as the State exists to serve the interests of its own people, not the interests of those in other countries. Military bases and operations abroad must be ended unless the nation has been attacked.
- Authoritarian, collectivistic political systems such as monarchy, communism, and fascism are equally immoral. Those wishing to practice these systems may purchase land to to so, and discriminate as they see fit, so long as the right of exit is respected.
- A Constitution which protects the rights affirmed above, and which establishes the sort of political system I have outlined here, is the strictest and best way to maintain political stability and the security of property. There must be a ban on elected officials proposing any rollback of certain constitutional rights, under the penalty of being banned from ever holding public office again.

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Realistic Policies Which I Would Like To See Enacted:
- Abolishing the income tax for the bottom ~95% of earners and scaling back government spending proportionately.
- Privatizing Social Security.
- Establishing right-to-work laws nationwide.
- Cutting off funding to states that refuse to acknowledge the rights enumerated in the Second Amendment.
- A ban on religious education in public schools.
- Marijuana legalization.
- A rollback of subsidies in all sectors of the economy and cuts to regulations in the financial sector (regulations which, of course, were written by industry insiders with the intention to keep competition against the large multinationals from arising).
- Raising the retirement age.
- Establishing negative income tax brackets for earners making less than $25,000 a year.
- Increased funding for public schools and community colleges, as well as a nationwide initiative to de-stigmatize community college as an educational path.
- Fully legal abortion nationwide, with a simultaneous removal of all child support laws.
- Cutbacks to welfare benefits for single mothers.
- An end to all US aid to Saudi Arabia.
- Abolishing the minimum wage.
- A Balanced Budget Amendment.
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« Reply #1379 on: May 23, 2019, 05:51:04 pm »
« Edited: May 23, 2019, 05:54:29 pm by Hugo Award nominee »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao
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« Reply #1380 on: May 24, 2019, 01:48:33 am »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.
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« Reply #1381 on: May 28, 2019, 06:05:09 am »

my political views is that we need to kick the man's ass.
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« Reply #1382 on: June 06, 2019, 05:06:05 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?
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« Reply #1383 on: June 08, 2019, 10:54:21 am »

Overall I'd say I'm somewhat of a libertarian. Conservative on most fiscal issues, liberal on immigration and foreign policy, and don't really care about most social issues.
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« Reply #1384 on: June 10, 2019, 08:58:47 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms. For starters, elected officials should not be allowed to propose restricting freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, etc.
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« Reply #1385 on: June 10, 2019, 08:59:51 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms.

Funnily, this is how I feel about lives funded by leeching off of one's employees vis-à-vis the right to private property.
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« Reply #1386 on: June 10, 2019, 10:40:24 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms.

Funnily, this is how I feel about lives funded by leeching off of one's employees vis--vis the right to private property.

The difference, of course, is that everyone has the right to own private property, while government officials are given special privileges that are unmeritocratic and unearned.
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« Reply #1387 on: June 20, 2019, 04:04:56 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms. For starters, elected officials should not be allowed to propose restricting freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, etc.

That's very different from saying they don't deserve "human rights." That's the type of language I expect from somebody advocating for genocide or some other form of atrocity against a group of people.
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« Reply #1388 on: June 24, 2019, 10:52:33 am »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms.

Funnily, this is how I feel about lives funded by leeching off of one's employees vis--vis the right to private property.

The difference, of course, is that everyone has the right to own private property, while government officials are given special privileges that are unmeritocratic and unearned.
Cops?
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« Reply #1389 on: June 24, 2019, 02:56:17 pm »

The State must not discriminate based on....political ideology.

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as well as a Constitutional provision requiring all politicians who propose redistribution to resign.

ayy lmao

Government employees don't deserve human rights.

WTF?


If you decide to live a life funded by leeching off of the taxpayers, you should be expected to give up certain freedoms.

Funnily, this is how I feel about lives funded by leeching off of one's employees vis--vis the right to private property.

The difference, of course, is that everyone has the right to own private property, while government officials are given special privileges that are unmeritocratic and unearned.
Cops?

That's just one example, but yes. I can't think of many other groups of people who get to kill unarmed black kids and get away with it.
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« Reply #1390 on: July 10, 2019, 02:34:21 pm »

Social Policy:

Abortion: Pro-life, no exceptions
Same Sex Marriage: Civil unions only
Marijuana for medical use, do not decriminalize drug use, but incentivize rehabilitation over punishment
Stem Cell Research: Support with private funding
Death Penalty: Keep
Gun control: Pro 2nd amendment, background checks on immigrants and people with records
Affirmative Action: Abolish
Prostitution: Don't decriminalize, but incentivize rehabilitation instead of punishment
Euthanasia: Keep it illegal

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage: Raise federally to $10.50/hour with exceptions for small business/restaurants, $7.25 is not livable anymore
Welfare: Cut funding
Right-to-Work: Support
Taxation: Cut taxes for all Americans, regardless of income, no taxes for under $30k/year
Healthcare: Privatize
Social Security: Privatize
Trade: Indifferent on free trade          
Education: No national standards, let states decide, end common core, more funding, background checks for teachers
Balanced Budget Amendment: Indifferent, don't know what it entails


Foreign Policy and National Security:

Afghanistan: Leave
Iraq: Leave
Iran: Stay
Syria: Leave
Cuba: Keep sanctions for now, but encourage diplomacy
Military Spending: A few cutbacks, but not much
PATRIOT Act: Abolish
NSA Spying: Abolish
Palestine: Do not recognize
Israel: Support and please fund
Immigration: Harsher background checks, more difficult process
Guantanamo Bay: Keep it open

Environment:

Climate Change: Stop overrating about it, blame China if anything
Green Energy: Indifferent
Keystone XL Pipeline: Build it

Electoral Reform:

Electoral College: Keep current system
Gerrymandering: End the practice
Term limits: Yes
Voter ID: Yes
Compulsory Voting: No
Voter Registration: Yes
Statehood: Allow referendum for Puerto Rico
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« Reply #1391 on: July 13, 2019, 06:49:17 pm »

Social Policy:

Abortion: 12 week ban. Exception for the health of the mother.
Same Sex Marriage: Fine with this, as well as adoption.
Marijuana: Legalize medicinal use only, but decriminalize.
Stem Cell Research: Support, private and heavily regulated.
Death Penalty: Support for murderers, pedophiles, terrorists, foreign spies.
Gun control: Support with no limitations.
Affirmative Action: Replace race-based affirmative action with a socioeconomic alternative.
Prostitution: Keep it illegal.
Euthanasia: Keep it illegal.

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage: Raise to $15 an hour nationally with a hybrid wage subsidies system.
Welfare: Do not offer welfare to immigrants or non-citizens. Support workfare and drug testing.
Right-to-Work: Support. I think unions are particularly corrupt, but am sympathetic to members (particularly in trades, though oppose service unions). Would rather a pro worker department of labor.
Taxation: Support working and middle class tax cuts. Tax capital gains as ordinary income. Progressive bracketing increasing taxes on upper middle class and wealthy. Low corporate taxes, ban buybacks, create repatriation holiday. Implement BAT and tax remittances.
Healthcare: Lower medicare age to 55. Subsidize high risk pools. Regulate drug pricing.
Social Security: Do not privatize.
Trade: Oppose free trade. Support permanent tariffs. Do not enter/withdraw from multilateral trade agreements. Subsidize agriculture/energy/manufacturing sectors.       
Education: Eliminate pre-high school "social studies" classes and foreign language education. Start computer science education earlier, more STEM class time, and create more math/science competitions. Free trade school and free college for all kids in households <150k.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Support in theory, but not a priority of mine.


Foreign Policy and National Security:

Afghanistan: Leave fully and immediately.
Iraq: Leave fully and immediately.
Iran: Open talks without preconditions.
Syria: Leave fully and immediately.
Somalia: Leave fully and immediately.
Cuba: Open talks without preconditions.
North Korea: Open talks without preconditions.
Russia: Open talks without preconditions.
China: Full trade war and permanent tariffs. Oppose TPP.
NATO: Come up with a 10-year exit plan.
Military Spending: Increase funding, rebuild navy, turn military into more of a research and exploration organization (prioritize mapping the ocean floors). Completely eliminate foreign aid.
PATRIOT Act: Only allow gathering spying non-citizens.
NSA Spying: Eliminate the NSA.
Palestine: Do not recognize.
Israel: No policy positions. I don't support US military action for Israeli or Saudi interests.
Immigration: Zero net migration, eliminate birthright citizenship, mandatory e-verify, end DACA, end H-1B deport aliens. Do not accept any refugees.
Guantanamo Bay: Keep it open, send felon illegals there.

Environment:

Climate Change: Real, but overstated. Oppose environmental legislation.
Green Energy: Solutions should not cut any jobs or displace any workers.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Build this and more. Energy independence improves national security.

Electoral Reform:

Electoral College: Support. More states with 4-5 EVs should go the ME/NE route.
Gerrymandering: Leave up to states.
Term limits: Support, particularly for the House.
Voter ID: Make it free and mandatory.
Compulsory Voting: No, but all states should have "none of the above" on the ballot so it can be tracked.
Voter Registration: Yes. Semi-closed primaries for all states (independents can vote in either primary).
Statehood: Puerto Rico should not be a state. Neither should Alaska or Hawaii. Puts us in a tough position if US properties outside of the contiguous mainland is attacked.
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« Reply #1392 on: July 16, 2019, 05:22:46 pm »

Political views

Political party: Independent (I was on

I'm a man of the people. Not left not right but for common sense. I support the populace and all people. So you could say I'm an independent populist nationalist.

Social issues

Abortion:Pro-choice
Gay Marriage:Support
Death Penalty:Support
Drug Legalization:Support Marijuana legalization not hard drugs
Affirmative Action:Oppose
Slavery Reparations:STRONGLY Oppose
Gun Control:Oppose
Euthanasia:STRONGLY Support

Economic issues


Carbon Taxes: Oppose
More environmental regulation: Depends
right-to-work:OPPOSE
Minimum wage: Status Quo
Immigration:Decrease legal immigration, NO amnesty
Education:FREE CC + reduce loans
Healthcare:Free medical coverage for all, but allow for PRIVATE insurance. Some kind of PUBLIC Option
Welfare:I support welfare but for a limited period.

Foreign Policy: complete non-interventionist/neo-isolationist. I oppose/opposed all foreign conflicts Iraq, Libya, Syria, etc and oppose all current conflicts. Russiagate is a scam and a lie. we should make peace with Iran. get the hell out of the middle east, no more intervention in favor of Israel, etc. peace with North Korea. Really as non-interventionist / dovish as you can get.

However, I still believe we should have the biggest military in the world. But we should only use it if we are attacked or for self-defense. Military budget should however be reduced, and foreign aid should be SLASHED hard.
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« Reply #1393 on: August 01, 2019, 12:33:35 am »

Social Policy

Abortion: Pro-life, no exceptions
Same Sex Marriage: Accept as law of the land (Obergefell v Hodges), and support adoptions for couples that get background checks
Marijuana: Legalize, tax, but do not decriminalize other drug use, incentivize rehabilitation over punishment
Slavery reparations: No position
Stem Cell Research: Oppose embryonic stem research, it's immoral IMO. But support adult.
Death Penalty: Strongly oppose, need a moratorium on the federal death penalty
Criminal justice reform: Support, need to stop overcrowding of prisons, release those with non-violent drug offenses on mandatory parole and community service. Limit influence of private prison industry.
Gun control: Pro 2nd amendment, stricter background checks on immigrants, mental health issues, and people with records.
Affirmative Action: Support
Prostitution: Keep it illegal
Euthanasia: Oppose, keep it illegal

Economic Issues

Minimum Wage: Status quo
Welfare: Support, but keep it
Right-to-Work: Support
Taxation: Progressive tax on the rich, tax credit for the middle class, increase sales tax, cut property taxes
Healthcare: Support Medicare-for-all with a public option to buy in. Repeal the ACA.
Social Security: Adjust retirement age to 70.
Trade: Protectionist, support tariffs and other trade barriers until trade becomes more fair or trade deals can be negotiated.         
Education: Keep national standard, let states decide, higher pay for teachers, change standardized tests to a portfolio-based assessment, support school choice and vouchers but not privatization
Balanced Budget Amendment: Support along with discretionary spending cuts (military, etc.)
Transportation: Cut back spending slightly, privatize Amtrak, Air Traffic Control
Infrastructure: Increase spending, but repeal the Davis-Bacon Law

Foreign Policy and National Security

Non-interventionist, but keep diplomacy and alliances.

U.N.: Scale back involvement
NATO: Refuse to defend NATO countries who do not pay enough, but when they do, meet our obligation
Afghanistan: Gradually withdraw by 2025. Keep intelligence in place
Iraq: Withdraw entirely over a period of 5 years, each year diminish the amount of U.S. forces. Keep intelligence in place
Iran: Remain for now, keep diplomacy open
Russia: Open negotiations and relations
China: Keep tariffs until a trade deal can be negotiated, scale back rhetoric of them being a currency manipulator (although they are)
North Korea: Keep relations and personal diplomacy
South Korea: Remove THAAD missile defense system, gradually withdraw troops if and when North Korea agrees to denuclearize.
Syria: Leave entirely
Cuba: Lift sanctions, foster diplomacy
Military Spending: Cut by 10%.
PATRIOT Act: Keep, but scale back the scope of government's power
NSA Spying: Keep, ask permission of allies to surveil for terrorism
Palestine: Do not recognize until the two-state solution option is implemented
Israel: Support, but condemn their treatment of Palestinians. If they become aggressive, scale back involvement
Immigration: Increase skilled visas, decrease H1B program visas, create a path to citizenship for the DACA recipients, allow border states to customize policy under 10th amendment, no federal funding for sanctuary cities but allow them to remain, do not separate families, amnesty and simple path to citizenship for those that work and pay taxes.
Guantanamo Bay: Keep it open, only use torture in extraordinary circumstances

Environment

Climate Change: Acknowledge that the problem exists, start a cap and trade program to extract the carbon from the atmosphere and then recycle it to grow crops. Permits must be granted. Allow farmers and others to sell it.
Green Energy: Promote, but oppose nuclear energy. Phase out fossil fuels by 2040 by supporting other sustainable technologies such as wind, solar, electric, and hydro-power.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Build it, but drastically increase penalties for accidents
Fracking: Oppose

Electoral Reform

Electoral College: Keep current system
Gerrymandering: End the practice, establish independent bi-partisan commission
Term limits: Support, they reduce corruption
Voter ID: Support, prevents fraud
Compulsory Voting: No, should be a choice rather than obligation
Voter Registration: Support
Statehood: As soon as possible, Puerto Rico should become a state and the President must take executive action for it to enter the Union and become the 51st state
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« Reply #1394 on: August 05, 2019, 12:32:27 am »
« Edited: August 05, 2019, 04:31:06 pm by Ninja0428 »

Labels:
Economic: Center
Social: Liberal/Libertarian
Foreign: Globalist
Overall: Social Liberalism
Social Policy:
Abortion: Pro-choice
Same-sex Marriage: Fully support
Drugs: Soft drugs which don't really cause harm (like marijuana, lsd, khat, etc.) should be legal to sell and use, hard drugs should remain illegal but those guilty sentenced to probation with medical therapy instead of prison time.
Stem Cell Research: Support
Criminal Justice: Our current criminal justice system is ineffective, overly harsh, and causes people who could be one time offenders to stay in prison most of their lives. Our system needs to be transitioned to a more rehabilitative rather than punitive model, such as the exceptional system in Norway. Sentences should be lowered with a 20 year cap. Life sentences are a cruel punishment. Unsure on death penalty. Abolish private prisons.
Slavery Reparations: Oppose
Prostitution: Legalise
Free Speech: The right to free speech should never be restricted except for valid threats of harm.
Education: Our education system needs to be improved. Our schools are overly stressful for students and would have greater success in a less stressful environment. End standardized testing; the education system should focus on real skills and critical thinking rather than memorization. Give older students more opportunities to focus on areas of interest. Finland as a model. Abolish charter schools.
Censorship: The government should not be involved in censorship. Repeal FCC censorship of television.
Gun Control: Support greater restrictions and universal background checks. Most of us don't need heavy weapons.
Immigration: Encourage legal immigration, make it easier to legally immigrate, stop detaining legal immigrants, do not separate families, do not deport illegals who arrived as children.
Economic Policy:
Minimum Wage: Should be raised according to the local cost of living. $7.25 is too low but many areas do not need $15 and such a large blanket increase could have adverse effects on the economy. Tie to inflation.
Taxes: Raise income taxes some on wealthier groups, but not above 50%. Keep the estate tax. Maintain Obama era corporate tax.
Infrastructure: Greatly increase funding for infrastructure and do more projects. Support high speed rail for short and medium distance routes and greater public transportation investment. Modernise our aging utilities. Government and markets should cooperate to research better technologies.
College: Support greater financial support for low income students but not sold on full on free college.
Healthcare: Reinstate the weakened provisions of Obamacare and support a public option.
Welfare: Support maintaining the safety net while also encouraging those on welfare to find jobs and making it easier to.
Unions: Do not restrict the right for workers to join a union, do not require it.
Environment: Take greater action on the environment and climate change. Restrictions on pollutants and greenhouse gas, possibly support carbon tax. Tax credits to energy companies which use renewable energy along with government investment, plan to phase out fossil fuels entirely. Support Paris Agreement.
Free Markets: Support the market economy. There should be regulation to protect the populace but alternatives to the market economy have proven ineffective.
Foreign Policy:
Trade: Support free trade and enter more trade agreements. While we shouldn't let ourselves be screwed over, most trade deals are beneficial to us and create jobs. The economy of today is a global one, and turning our backs on it will only cause harm.
NATO/Allies: Stand by our allies in NATO and others such as Australia, Japan, South Korea and whatnot. The idea of leaving NATO is ridiculous. Having strong allies is mutually beneficial.
War and Diplomacy: War should be a last resort, but may sometimes be necessary. Our foreign policy should be focused on diplomatic solutions and building positive relationships with the world.
Global Cooperation: The US should be an active and positive member of the global community. We should take part in world humanitarian, scientific, and economic cooperation. Doing so will improve international relations and humanity in general. Strongly support the UN.
Military Spending: We don't need to spend as much as we do. We could reduce spending a decent amount and still have the most powerful military in the world. Doing so would benefit other areas.
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« Reply #1395 on: August 05, 2019, 12:29:46 pm »

August 2019 updates....

Death Penalty: Support for mass murderers,  terrorists, and serial killers, otherwise opposed
Gun control: Pro right to bear arms (within reason), support gun control measures including Assault Weapons ban, background checks, and regulation of gun sellers.
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« Reply #1396 on: August 07, 2019, 01:30:36 am »

Social Policy:

Abortion: Pro-life, life of mother exception.
Same Sex Marriage: oppose
Drugs: Legalize medical marijuana.  Oppose recreational drugs. 
Stem Cell Research: Support
Death Penalty: Support only when irrefutable evidence is present.
Gun control: Support background checks, oppose further gun control
Affirmative Action: oppose
Prostitution: oppose
Euthanasia: oppose

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage: Raise to $10, tie to inflation.  Adjusted anually.
Welfare: Support for short term and disability.  Remove incentives for having more kids.  Free birth control for those who can't afford it.
Right-to-Work: Support
Taxation: Cut middle class taxes.  Raise top marginal tax rate to 40%.  Tax capital gains as income.
 Simplify code to remove loopholes.
Healthcare: Support Medicare and Medicaid.  Subsidies for people too wealthy to qualify for Medicaid.  I oppose single payer strongly though.
Social Security: Preserve it by abolishing contribution cap and adjust payroll tax rate accordingly until it's solvent
Trade: Allow international trade with regulation.  Punish companies who outsource.  Make the US government buy American.       
Education: State issue.  Open up more opportunities for non college bound students. 
Balanced Budget Amendment: Unsure


Foreign Policy and National Security:

Afghanistan: Leave
Iraq: Leave
Iran: Leave
Syria: Leave
Cuba: Keep sanctions
Military Spending: Maintain
PATRIOT Act: oppose
NSA Spying: oppose
Palestine: don't recognize
Israel: support, should not receive free money
Immigration: Deport illegal immigrants.  Abolish birthright citizenship, one parent must be a US citizen for the child to be granted automatic citizenship.  Remove citizenship from anchor babies (meaning both parents are not legal residents) on case-by-case basis.  Cap permanent immigration at 100,000 per year and make it merit based.  Cap immigration from any individual country at 10% of total immigrants to preserve diversity.
Guantanamo Bay: Keep it open

Environment:

Climate Change: Real and manmade.  Support investment into green energy, especially solar and thorium reactors. 
Green Energy: See above
Keystone XL Pipeline: Support

Electoral Reform:

Electoral College: Support
Gerrymandering: Permit
Term limits: support for president
Voter ID: support
Compulsory Voting: oppose
Voter Registration: this is an issue?
Statehood: support DC retrocession into Maryland.  Would support DC statehood, provided that Montgomery, Prince George, Charles and Howard counties of MD and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford counties of Virginia are included in the state of DC.  Makes sense for DC metro to be a state.
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« Reply #1397 on: August 08, 2019, 08:19:38 am »

Social Policy:

Abortion: Pro-life, life of mother exception.
Same Sex Marriage: oppose
Drugs: Legalize medical marijuana.  Oppose recreational drugs. 
Stem Cell Research: Support
Death Penalty: Support only when irrefutable evidence is present.
Gun control: Support background checks, oppose further gun control
Affirmative Action: oppose
Prostitution: oppose
Euthanasia: oppose

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage: Raise to $10, tie to inflation.  Adjusted anually.
Welfare: Support for short term and disability.  Remove incentives for having more kids.  Free birth control for those who can't afford it.
Right-to-Work: Support
Taxation: Cut middle class taxes.  Raise top marginal tax rate to 40%.  Tax capital gains as income.
 Simplify code to remove loopholes.
Healthcare: Support Medicare and Medicaid.  Subsidies for people too wealthy to qualify for Medicaid.  I oppose single payer strongly though.
Social Security: Preserve it by abolishing contribution cap and adjust payroll tax rate accordingly until it's solvent
Trade: Allow international trade with regulation.  Punish companies who outsource.  Make the US government buy American.       
Education: State issue.  Open up more opportunities for non college bound students. 
Balanced Budget Amendment: Unsure


Foreign Policy and National Security:

Afghanistan: Leave
Iraq: Leave
Iran: Leave
Syria: Leave
Cuba: Keep sanctions
Military Spending: Maintain
PATRIOT Act: oppose
NSA Spying: oppose
Palestine: don't recognize
Israel: support, should not receive free money
Immigration: Deport illegal immigrants.  Abolish birthright citizenship, one parent must be a US citizen for the child to be granted automatic citizenship.  Remove citizenship from anchor babies (meaning both parents are not legal residents) on case-by-case basis.  Cap permanent immigration at 100,000 per year and make it merit based.  Cap immigration from any individual country at 10% of total immigrants to preserve diversity.
Guantanamo Bay: Keep it open

Environment:

Climate Change: Real and manmade.  Support investment into green energy, especially solar and thorium reactors. 
Green Energy: See above
Keystone XL Pipeline: Support

Electoral Reform:

Electoral College: Support
Gerrymandering: Permit
Term limits: support for president
Voter ID: support
Compulsory Voting: oppose
Voter Registration: this is an issue?
Statehood: support DC retrocession into Maryland.  Would support DC statehood, provided that Montgomery, Prince George, Charles and Howard counties of MD and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford counties of Virginia are included in the state of DC.  Makes sense for DC metro to be a state.

This platform is probably more in line with what the Republican Party should run on post-Trump and almost how it could have run post-Bush if there were no intervening recession that caused the Democrats to go hard left on bread and butter issues. That is, economically centrist, isolationists and very conservative on identity issues except for when they get in the way of our global competitiveness with medicine or engineering (thus being more open to stem cell research and global warming). 
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« Reply #1398 on: August 13, 2019, 03:16:00 am »

I'm really not sure what most people would call me (presumably, beltway WaPo-style "centrists" would call me alt-right or something, but I doubt that's what most people would say).

Social Policy

Abortion: Mostly pro-choice, but I'm okay with restrictions on 2nd/3rd term abortion (with the typical rape/health exceptions)
Same Sex Marriage: Support
Marijuana: Legalize & tax. Other forms of drug abuse should be treated as a public health issue.
Slavery reparations: 100% opposed
Stem Cell Research: For
Death Penalty: Support
Criminal justice reform: Mixed. Pro-Prison Reform, but against Black Lives Matter
Gun control: Pro-background checks, waiting lists. Against gun bans.
Affirmative Action: Against
Prostitution: Decriminalize
Euthanasia: Decriminalize

Economic Issues

Minimum Wage: Should be $15 or even $20 in high CoL areas. Maybe $10 or $12 in lower CoL areas.
Welfare: Increase spending, especially for working families. End marriage penalty.
Right-to-Work: Neutral
Taxation: Increase taxes significantly to Nordic levels.
Healthcare: Support Obamacare as-is with a public option. Against Medicare for All.
Social Security: Hike payroll taxes to balance.
Trade: Protectionist, support tariffs and other trade barriers until trade becomes more fair or better trade deals can be negotiated.        
Education: Crack down on scammy colleges (most of them). Desegregate schools.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Against
Transportation: Massively expand both private and public transit funding.
Infrastructure: Massively increase spending

Foreign Policy and National Security

U.N: Increase involvement. Only intervene with multilateral support.
NATO: Withdraw
Afghanistan: Withdraw
Iraq: Withdraw
Iran: Withdraw
Russia: Detente
China: Scale down military confrontation (no TPP), but stand ground on economic disputes.
North Korea: Keep relations and personal diplomacy
South Korea: Remove THAAD missile defense system, gradually withdraw troops if and when North Korea agrees to denuclearize.
Syria: Leave
Cuba: Lift sanctions, foster diplomacy
Military Spending: Cut by 50%.
PATRIOT Act: End
NSA Spying: Abolish NSA and CIA.
Palestine: Withdraw
Israel: Withdraw, but support diplomatically (and maybe sell them surplus arms?)
Immigration: Implement both Trump's plan to increase skilled labor and Obama's path to citizenship.
Guantanamo Bay: Shut it down

Environment

Climate Change: Meh. Certainly a problem, but not one that can really drive objective/quantitative policy-making.
Green Energy: Support (Obama's "all-of-the-above" policy)
Keystone XL Pipeline: Support
Fracking: Support

Electoral Reform

Electoral College: Keep current system
Gerrymandering: Keep current system
Term limits: Oppose
Voter ID: Support only if voter IDs are easy to get.
Compulsory Voting: Support
Voter Registration: Support
Statehood: Puerto Rico, but only if they actually want it. DC probably shouldn't be a state and hell, NoVa shouldn't get to vote either
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« Reply #1399 on: August 13, 2019, 07:56:44 am »

I'm really not sure what most people would call me (presumably, beltway WaPo-style "centrists" would call me alt-right or something, but I doubt that's what most people would say).

Social Policy

Abortion: Mostly pro-choice, but I'm okay with restrictions on 2nd/3rd term abortion (with the typical rape/health exceptions)
Same Sex Marriage: Support
Marijuana: Legalize & tax. Other forms of drug abuse should be treated as a public health issue.
Slavery reparations: 100% opposed
Stem Cell Research: For
Death Penalty: Support
Criminal justice reform: Mixed. Pro-Prison Reform, but against Black Lives Matter
Gun control: Pro-background checks, waiting lists. Against gun bans.
Affirmative Action: Against
Prostitution: Decriminalize
Euthanasia: Decriminalize

Economic Issues

Minimum Wage: Should be $15 or even $20 in high CoL areas. Maybe $10 or $12 in lower CoL areas.
Welfare: Increase spending, especially for working families. End marriage penalty.
Right-to-Work: Neutral
Taxation: Increase taxes significantly to Nordic levels.
Healthcare: Support Obamacare as-is with a public option. Against Medicare for All.
Social Security: Hike payroll taxes to balance.
Trade: Protectionist, support tariffs and other trade barriers until trade becomes more fair or better trade deals can be negotiated.        
Education: Crack down on scammy colleges (most of them). Desegregate schools.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Against
Transportation: Massively expand both private and public transit funding.
Infrastructure: Massively increase spending

Foreign Policy and National Security

U.N: Increase involvement. Only intervene with multilateral support.
NATO: Withdraw
Afghanistan: Withdraw
Iraq: Withdraw
Iran: Withdraw
Russia: Detente
China: Scale down military confrontation (no TPP), but stand ground on economic disputes.
North Korea: Keep relations and personal diplomacy
South Korea: Remove THAAD missile defense system, gradually withdraw troops if and when North Korea agrees to denuclearize.
Syria: Leave
Cuba: Lift sanctions, foster diplomacy
Military Spending: Cut by 50%.
PATRIOT Act: End
NSA Spying: Abolish NSA and CIA.
Palestine: Withdraw
Israel: Withdraw, but support diplomatically (and maybe sell them surplus arms?)
Immigration: Implement both Trump's plan to increase skilled labor and Obama's path to citizenship.
Guantanamo Bay: Shut it down

Environment

Climate Change: Meh. Certainly a problem, but not one that can really drive objective/quantitative policy-making.
Green Energy: Support (Obama's "all-of-the-above" policy)
Keystone XL Pipeline: Support
Fracking: Support

Electoral Reform

Electoral College: Keep current system
Gerrymandering: Keep current system
Term limits: Oppose
Voter ID: Support only if voter IDs are easy to get.
Compulsory Voting: Support
Voter Registration: Support
Statehood: Puerto Rico, but only if they actually want it. DC probably shouldn't be a state and hell, NoVa shouldn't get to vote either

Just sound like a pragmatic liberal who doesn't care about identity politics. Maybe what would now be considered a "blue dog populist" today.
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