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Jensen
geraldford76
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Political Matrix
E: 0.90, S: -8.17

« on: January 30, 2010, 02:58:36 pm »
« edited: January 30, 2010, 03:02:55 pm by The Last Moderate »

Ideology: Moderate to liberal

Social Issues

Basic Ideas: Libertarianish, pro-freedom

Civil Liberties: End the Patriot Act, DHS, the Anti Terrorism Act of \'96, National Security Letters, etc.
Abortion: Keep legal under all circumstances except partial-birth.
Gay Rights: I think this has been framed wrongly because rights belong to individuals not groups. Now of course I support gay adoption, military service, etc. there\'s no reason not to besides ignorance and bigotry.
Secularism: I don\'t support blue laws or teaching creationism. On the other hand people should be able to express their religious views/faith how the want and removing things like religious icons that have been near public buildings for decades is stupid.
Marriage: The government shouldn\'t be involved in \'marriage.\' Let individuals draw up their own contracts and stop favoring one group or another on taxes.
Affirmative Action: Discriminating for or against minorities is unconstitutional.
Gun rights: Repeal all gun control legislation enacted since 1934.
Death Penalty: Entirely against, even for \'enemy combatants\'.
Censorship: The FCC and \'obscenity\' laws make no sense. Abolish them.
Flag burning: Is not speech, and should be banned. There are other, more effective ways to get that point across without starting needles fires.
Hate crimes: Support stronger legislation.
Hate speech: Oppose restricting since that\'s unconstitutional and sets a horrendous precedent.
Smoking: I support smoking restrictions for public places.
Alcohol consumption: Keep at 21 for purchasing. Make consumption legal at 18.
Euthanasia: Legal when patient is of sound mind.
Drugs: Legalize marijuana and crack down on the rest.
Gambling: Illegal. Gambling serves only to hurt the poor financially.
Prostitution: Illegal for brothels and organized prostitution. Legalize if it is in a casual setting.
Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Increase funding.
Immigration: Create a guest worker program but make sure our laws are enforced on both borders.
Language: English should be the official language of the US.

Economic Issues

Basic Ideas: Moderate and responsible

Taxes: Never raise taxes unless accompanied by spending cuts. Do not give tax breaks to the ultrawealthy.
Bailouts: Against.
Employers and Employees: Unions and striking should be allowed, but regulated. No one should be forced to join a union.
Free trade: Make sure American industries are competitive on a global scale. No free trade with nations whose regulations are insufficient and labor and environmental standards are subpar.
Spending: Keep spending under control, pay off debt, and cut waste.
Social Security: Privatize through use of annuities, private saving accounts, etc. and phase out the old system. Your retirement should really be your concern.
Space Program: We have a lot to gain from this potentially. Open space up to the market more and allow for some mining of resources like Helium-3.
Welfare: There needs to be a safety net, but make sure the funding  is getting to those who actually need it.
Healthcare: We need universal health care.
Education: End NCLB. Allow local districts more authority.
Minimum Wage: Keep as is.
Regulation: Simplify and enforce. Regulations should focus primarily on public health and prohibiting wild speculation (e.g. naked derivatives). In general small business is vastly over regulated. If anything, maybe regulation is less necessary than simply realizing just how much power  \'charters\' give the government over abusive corporations...
Infrastructure: Modernize and invest in new methods.
Energy Policy: End dependence on foreign oil. Promote research for renewable resources.

Foreign Issues

Basic Ideas: Non-interventionism

United Nations: Stay in the UN.
Iraq & Afghanistan: Pull out immediately.
Iran: Let Israel and co deal with it if they\'re so worried.
North Korea: Phase out troops at the border and end all aid. We\'ve been there for over 50 years, and the majority of South Koreans want us out. It\'s time to go.
Israel: Shouldn\'t get any aid either. Beyond that, Israel for better or worse is a sovereign nation now.
Military Involvement: Attack only if attacked or directly threatened.
Military Budget: Massive cuts. End no bid contracts, introduce far greater transparency, close down hundreds of bases. \'National Defense\' should be just that, defensive.
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Jensen
geraldford76
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Political Matrix
E: 0.90, S: -8.17

« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010, 03:13:06 pm »

Why do you support a flag burning ban? Surely that is freedom of expression.

No, flag burning is just as stupid as leaf burning or arson. There is no need to burn things. The fumes are dangerous, the potential for a fire spreading is not worth the risk, and it's just another way for people to make a big deal out of something that isn't speech or expression.
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Jensen
geraldford76
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Political Matrix
E: 0.90, S: -8.17

« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2010, 09:34:29 pm »

So, you support banning the lighting of fires?

No.
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Jensen
geraldford76
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Posts: 209
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Political Matrix
E: 0.90, S: -8.17

« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2010, 01:21:01 am »

Gerald Ford 76, why are you a Republican?

I am a renegade. Smiley
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