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« Reply #1375 on: March 23, 2019, 09:50:39 pm »
« edited: March 25, 2019, 04:21:17 pm by Big Abraham »

Never done one of these before, but what the hell, I've been hanging around here long enough.

Overview: revolutionary socialist of the Marxist persuasion. By no means a reformist or social democrat.
Social: moderately libertarian
Economic: socialist
Foreign: strict non-interventionism
Party affiliation: independent

Abortion: I consider this one of the least important political questions, and constantly find myself annoyed with how much it continues to dominate our political discourse and generates such fanatical reactions on both sides. In general I would consider myself pro-choice, although not without qualms about the morality of abortion. At any rate, there is overwhelming evidence that providing sex education and birth control free of charge that abortion rates go down drastically, and those are policies that I support wholeheartedly.
Same-sex marriage: Opposed, actually. The institution of marriage in and of itself should be done away with, and until that can be achieved, I actually prefer to go the libertarian route and just privatise the whole thing.
Drug laws: No drug bans whatsoever. End the complete folly of the drug war, release all incarcerated inmates who were indicted solely for non-violent drug offenses, and have drugs be sold on the market free of taxation.
Death penalty: Opposed, but not for any moral reasons really. Hell, I'd support the Reign of Terror if I lived during the revolution. In general, however, the instrument of punishment in the hands of the state is a monopoly I'd prefer to avoid, and would prefer criminals be rehabilitated, or at the very least put to work and paid for their labour.
Gun control: Very opposed. I cannot think of any gun control measure that I'd honestly support on a state- or nationwide basis.
Euthanasia: Eh. Let the states decide I guess.
Prostitution: I oppose legalisation. Women working in the sex industry are not there by choice, but out of economic circumstances, and legalisation would only further normalise the subjection of women in prostitution.
"Anti Discrimination" legislation: Depends on the measure, really.
Immigration: I oppose large-scale immigration of low-skill and unskilled labour.

Electoral Issues

Compulsory voting: Against. The right to vote is just as much a right not to vote.
Voter ID: An issue that's widely exaggerated on both sides.
Primaries: Strongly support. Should be more competitive and with less influence and rules by party leaders.

Economic Issues

Minimum wage: Raise, make it a living wage, and tie it to inflation.
Universal health care: Strongly support. Medicare for All or Bust.
Welfare: Support for many measures, although I refuse to support universal basic income or any similar sort of measure.
Taxation: Strongly support a highly progressive income tax (with complete exemptions for the poor), with a top marginal tax rate of around 90 or 95 percent. I oppose all indirect taxes, including excises, sales taxes, and value-added tax. Sumptuary laws like tobacco and alcohol taxes should be abolished.
Trade: Free trade is superior to protectionism, which hurts consumers and benefits only the big industrialists and manufacturers.
Budget: Couldn't be managed worse under most Republican administrations.
Education: Increase funding across the board, especially for inner city and poor neighbourhoods and municipalities which have not received adequate funding.

Foreign Policy and National Security

General: Strict non-interventionism. The only legitimate wars are to repel an invasion or self defense generally. Any intervention, military or otherwise, which violates the sovereignty of another nation should be resisted.
Syria: In the context of the civil war, the government of Syria is the only belligerent I'd support. The Islamic State, thankfully now completely vanquished, and the U.S.-backed rebels have been responsible for untold crimes in the region and have greatly contributed to instability, causing a massive refugee crisis and thousands of deaths largely orchestrated at the behest of the United States government.
Iraq: Withdraw any and all troops immediately.
Afghanistan: Withdraw any and all troops immediately.
Israel: No aid or support should be given to Israel whatsoever.
Palestine: The United States should recognise a Palestinian nation-state with the 1967 borders.
Saudi Arabia: No aid or support should be given to Saudi Arabia whatsoever.
Military spending: Cut by at least one half. Eliminate the standing army in peacetime.
Government Surveillance/Spying: Abolish the NSA and prosecute its leading members for treason.

Environmental Policy

Climate Change: The issue of the century. Unfortunately, nothing will be done to seriously mitigate the issue until global capitalism is abolished and the for-profit system on which it thrives dismantled.
Renewable Energy: Should be incentivised with tax deductions.
Green New Deal: Strongly support.
Carbon tax: Support if implemented the right way.
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« Reply #1376 on: March 24, 2019, 03:20:44 am »

Ideology
Social: Center with a libertarian streak
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign Policy: Dovish internationalist
Political Registration: D-NV

Social Policy
Abortion: Moderately pro-life. Favor banning it outright unless life of the mother is in danger at 12 weeks. Do favor counseling and waiting periods before then tough I don't think it should be criminalized in the same regard to murder prior to viability. Support Planned Parenthood funding and the Hyde Amendment.

Same-Sex Marriage: Duh.

Transgender Issues: Use the restroom of their gender, not the one they were born with. I find it disgusting that people think they are just making sh**t up when they know they identify as the opposite gender.

Drugs: Legalize, tax, and regulate soft drugs, starting with weed, but one legalization at a time, and keep hard drugs illegal.

Death Penalty: Oppose for the same reason I oppose abortion really.

Gun Control: Pro-gun. Close gun show loophole, ban bump stocks, and expand background checks. Thats it. Anything more in the era of polarization would lead to a black market forming, and not worth it.

Affirmative Action: Generally against.

Prostitution: No

Euthanasia: Oppose on moral grounds (pro-life).

Immigration: Keep the border secure, deport criminals who are here illegally, legal status to all illegals if they aren't criminals. Supporting reducing the number of low skilled work visas. Hold employers accountable for hiring illegals. Conflicted on path to citizenship.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: Pro-BLM and oppose police brutality and hold police officers accountable. Oppose mandatory minimums and for profit prisons. Abolish cash bail.

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Pro-free speech.

School Prayer: Status quo.

Muslim Ban: No.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Need a warrant


Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Raise 50 cents per year to whenever it converges with $11 indexed to inflation.

Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap, and cut the income tax rates to help pay for Medicare for All. Conflicted on expanding the program.

Healthcare: Conflicted on single payer versus multi-payer. The ACA did not go far enough and proved to be kinda useless Medicaid expansion aside

Globalization/Trade: Oppose, unless we have a product we can't make elsewhere and visa versa and/or said country has a similar high standard of living compared to the US. Oppose TPP, support re-negotiation of NAFTA. Support tarrifs in certain circumstances but we have to ensure that we don't end up in a lose-lose trade war.

Deficit/Debt: Screaming about the debt is kind of misleading. Deficits don't if there's a recession, but do if the economy is good and all Americans are prospering.

Campaign Finance Reform: Limits on donations to all campaigns, congressional campaign committees, and state/national parties, with guaranteed public funding. Gut SuperPacs and corporate Pac money. Also limit how much you could self-fund your campaign.

Unions: Massively pro-labor. Get rid of the Taft-Hartley Act that created right to work, which was created by the Republicans in attempt to undercut unions. Support card check and oppose efforts to crack down on union formation by employers.

Energy: Pro-solar. Pro-wind. Pro-nuclear. Anti-coal.

Job Creation: A second new deal. Infrastructure redevelopment for not just better roads, bridges, and highways, but better sewer and drainage systems, as well nationwide broadband. Also need tighter building codes and larger seawalls to withstand natural disasters like hurricanes.

Education: Conflicted on common core, make in-state college free (with some regulations), universal childcare, support full day kindergarten, and universal pre-K. Supported increases in teaching salary, except for elective subjects. Fairly opposed to charter schools

Taxes: Raise marginal tax rates on wealthy when appropriate. Would like to see the top 1% pay as much as they did in an effective tax rates to prior to Reagan. Also support a carbon tax and a Robin Hood tax much like we had through the 1960s. Repeal the Bill Clinton capital gains tax cut, Trump's income tax cuts, Bush's tax cuts, hijack the corporate tax rate back up to 30%. Strongly support raising the estate tax. Oppose UBI and would rather see a shorter workweek to combat automation than incentives for half the population to not work. Open to some middle class tax hike if needed.

Financial regulation: Support re-instating glass stegall, and am very wary of attempts to de-regulate Wall Street, paday lenders, banks, and credit card companies. Strong proponent of anti-monopoly laws. Support government run banks but for small loans only and with strict regulation.

Other economic issues: Paid family medical leave by law (12 weeks for maternity leave 8 weeks for paternity leave). 10 days of vacation time by law.

Foreign Policy
Middle East: Get out (yes that includes Syria and Afghanistan) and abide by international law. Fully support the Iran Deal. Idea that regime change will lead to democracy all over the place is an oversimplification at best and a neocon fantasy at worst.
 
Syria Refuges: Support Obama era policies but we can only take so many and we have to ensure we maintain the proper vetting.

Israel/Palestine: Extremely conflicted but favor two internationally recognized states with 1967 border.

North Korea: Favor detente basically. Trump has actually been fine on that front.

Russia: Supported sanctions. Fine with NATO troops on their border.
 
Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Support to avoid the smaller states from being screwed over by urban areas but expand the size of the house.

Gerrymandering: Oppose. Support independent commissions with guidelines on not splitting up COI for both congressional and legislative seats.

Term limits: Oppose for legislative seats, support for executive seats, largely because I believe in there is a happy medium between both arguments.

Voter ID: Oppose.

Instant Run-off Voting: Support

Primaries: Let the states decide, but all states should hold the presidential and statewide office primaries on the same day, eliminating the urge for caucuses.

Statehood: Make D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico as states, along with maybe the NMI and the Virgin Islands (or combine them with PR/Guam). Let American Samoa be its own nation or be annexed by Western Samoa.

Voting age: Lower to 16.

Updated.

Had a bit of change of heart on some issues lately, so updated.

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« Reply #1377 on: April 06, 2019, 06:24:26 am »

it is, after all, both of our holy lands, and I would suggest a separation of church and state to ease tensions in Israel.
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« Reply #1378 on: May 07, 2019, 10:53:26 am »

Mostly pretty-far left socially and economically.

Social Policy:

Abortion: Pro choice, some limitations on late-term abortion
Same Sex Marriage: aka marriage
Drugs: End the war on drugs, legalize marijuana, decrimalize drug use, increase taxes and restricut use on tobacco and alcohol until they're on the same ground as marijuana
Stem Cell Research: Support, including w federal funds
Death Penalty: Abolish
Gun control: Either repeal the 2nd or stop talking about "banning" guns. Move most firearms to Title II, add firearms education to schools, make owning a firearm without basic certification illegal.
"Religious Freedom": America has religious freedom. When people say they want "religious freedom" what they really mean is "freedom to force the views of my pseudo-Christianity on everyone".
Affirmative Action: Keep, until the makeup of our institutions more closely mirrors our society
Prostitution: Decriminalize
Euthanasia: Legalize, with some limitations.

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage: Raise federally to ~$15/hour, no exceptions, although I'm open to debate. The nature of wealth, money and the economy is shifting, which is going to change our society. We can either guide that change and move in positive directions, or we can just "trust the market" and end up in a worse dystopia than the one we live in now.
Welfare, Healthcare, Social Security : Entrepreneurial capitalism needs a reliable social safety net, particularly if you want to encourage social mobility. What we have now is arbitrary, over-complicated, and grossly inadequate. National health care.
Right-to-erode-collective-bargaining: Oppose.
Taxation: Increase taxes on: the 0.01%, big business, the 1%, and the top 10%, in that order. Hyper-wealthy individuals who think they can live or do business in the US and evade taxes need to be in jail. Corporations who hide US profits offshore need to face financial consequences, and the board and executives can either pay up, go to jail, or become international fugitives.
Trade: I support global trade, and think that the present WTO model is better than many alternatives but far from perfect. At the same time, I oppose using "free trade deals" as leverage for big-business and their preferred legislation. I support protectionism in service of national defense or emerging industries.
Education: We need to do far better at teaching history, critical thinking, finance and economics, and long-term thinking. I do not know the best way to improve our existing education system.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Oppose.
Immigration: We need immigration economically, and have both practical and moral responsibility to allow it. Stop letting the wealthy abuse immigrant labor (illegal or not) as a tool against domestic labor.  Support legal migrant labor, but not at lower wages. Creating an underclass is destructive to our nation and what it stands for. Americans are going to have to accept some changes to our way of life in order to avoid much worse changes down the line.


Foreign Policy and National Security:

Afghanistan: Leave.
Iraq: Leave.
Iran: Normalize relations.
Syria: Leave.
Cuba: Normalize relations.
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 pricetag, fire them and find ones who can. Our military is a joke and a disaster waiting to happen.
Homeland Security: Abolish. Get rid of the TSA.
Global policing: There's a reason the Constitution includes provision for a Navy, but not a standing Army. The United States depends on trade. I don't think we should be 'nation-building' with our military, but I do think we have a reasonable role as a global policeman.
War on Terror End it. End the AUMF. Terrorism is best addressed as a law-enforcement issue. Only at the extreme should military force come into play. (And then it should have UN support, or the explicit support of the country in question.)
PATRIOT Act: Revoke.
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
Guantanamo Bay: Shut the prison down, keep the base.
NATO: I used to support a gradual downsizing of our presence in NATO over 10-20 years. Now, I think we need to keep NATO at full strength until Russia has been a functioning democracy for a generation or more. Simultaneously, I think we should support the creation of  a unified European military as an adjunct to NATO.


Environment:

Climate Change: #1 threat facing America and humanity. The IPCC should be considered to be putting out optimistic scenarios. Paris Accords should be considered an absolute minimum to meet. Climate change (and other environmental impacts from the fast-growing human race) are consistently underplayed. We can try to fix things now on our own terms, or our surviving descendants will rightly curse us all.
Green Energy: Phase out coal and oil. Support nuclear in principle, but it's difficult to do safely and not at a loss. Make improved transmission, and especially energy storage a major priority. Broadly support a "green new deal".
Carbon Tax Generally in favor of ending externalizing costs, but wary of rent-extraction by middlemen for no net good.
Keystone XL Pipeline: End it.

Electoral Reform:

Electoral College:  Keep the Electoral Vote, abolish the College as an institution. States should certify their votes and send them to Congress, who publicly count the EV total. 
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: No. We don't need to give lobbyists more help.
Voter ID: No. Voter fraud is rare with the current system.
Compulsory Voting: Yes. Election Day should be a national holiday.
Voting: End first-past-the-post. Implement ranked voting or a similar system.
Statehood: Require referendums for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Pacific Territories
Supreme Court stacking Tentatively oppose.
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« Reply #1379 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 #1380 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 #1381 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 #1382 on: May 22, 2019, 09:33:44 pm »

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« Reply #1383 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 #1384 on: May 23, 2019, 05:51:04 pm »
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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.

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« Reply #1385 on: May 23, 2019, 10:29:51 pm »

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« Reply #1386 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 #1387 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 #1388 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 #1389 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 #1390 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 #1391 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 #1392 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 #1393 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 #1394 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 #1395 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 #1396 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 #1397 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 #1398 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 #1399 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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