Okay, so I’m tired of hearing about how our generation is not politically minded. Or that every college student is will vote for a democrat. On top of that, those who vote for a republican are bombasted with ridicule over that choice. While I agree that most people in our generation have no real clue as to what really goes on in the world, and I’m not claiming to be any different. However, over my years on this planet I have come to my own opinions about things, without prejudice and minimal influence from friends and family, who have different opinions about things.
1. I am pro-choice. While I don’t condone abortion, as republicans will claim pro-choice people do, I don’t think I should stop people from having them. I do believe, as state law says, late term (3rd trimester) abortions should not be legal because at that point a baby CAN, not necessarily will, be born alive.
2. I am pro-capital punishment. In fact I believe that the law should extend to include those who rape children under the age of 16. “Rehabilitation” as some call jail, is not going to fix someone that messed up. I’m sorry. I also believe that the appeals process should be abolished for capital punishment cases. Or limit them to one appeal. We spend way too much money keeping these criminals alive in jail when they’ve been sentenced to die. If they lose their appeal, take them out back and execute them. End of story. It was a sad one anyway.
3. I don’t think that marijuana should be legalized. While I do see the overwhelming case to legalize it in this economic time, there just isn’t a good enough way to test for abuse yet. While alcohol can be tested very well, down to a 0.00 trace in BAL, marijuana just doesn’t have that. Until that point is reached where one can distinguish whether someone had a joint last night or a week ago, it should remain illegal.
4. I think that nonviolent crimes should be less punished. Again, I’m going back to the idea of saving money, and I feel that this is honestly the best way to do that. Nearly a quarter of all the people who are in jail around the world are in US jails, as such I feel that we should let certain nonviolent criminals go. If they are not a hazard to those around them, why keep them locked up. I also think that a fair substitute could be larger fines and having those who spend time in jail, pay for their time in jail. With the cost of housing prisoners going up and the number of detainees also rising, why not have those who are incarcerated pay for their time. By reducing sentences in number of years and having the jailed pay for their time, national and state debts would be reduced drastically. The law allows for half of a worker’s pay to be taken from them for things like alimony, etc. so by using the same logic, have their income used to pay back the state or nation for housing them in jail for their crimes.
5. I hate Fox News. I knew that would get some of you looking! However, it isn’t just Fox News that I hate, I hate all news, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, CBS. The news media, as they like to call themselves, has lost its credibility over that last few decades as I’ve seen. They don’t “report” the news so much as comment on it. The newscasters, and those that write their scripts would rather you, the public, hear what they have to say about something, then allow you to think for yourself. This is what I believe has led to the unwavering number of “liberals” in the country. By being force-fed “news” all day, we’ve become victims of overstimulation and commentary. The one person I see comment far less than any other newscaster is Shepard Smith. Bill O’reily is a jackoff who gets his opinion out there more than others, Nancy Grace is a mockery of the legal world, Anderson Cooper will stop at nothing to get his name on anything and everything he can, and even local news persons are spouting commentary more than news. It’s sad.
6. I think that gay marriage should be legalized. I feel that marriage is a religious right. If a church feels that gays should be allowed to be married, then why not let them. This is a case of, what I feel is, the state getting involved in religious affairs. I know several gay couples that have lasted longer than straight couples could hope to last and the state says they’re different then us. Some say that it is because they can’t reproduce and have children, well then sterile couples shouldn’t be allowed to get married, and elderly couples where the woman has gone through menopause should have to separate. That makes no sense. Those who claim that it’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve, do you really think that God intended for people to use an atomic weapon and kill several million people, because we still have more than 3000 armed nuclear weapons in our possession, and you’re not out there yelling at the president about that. Yes, marriage is a religious act, so if you have religious ideas that don’t allow for gays to be married, I understand. However, neither everyone, nor every faith has those same ideas, let people get married to whom they want.
7. All that being said, I still vote republican. Now you say to yourself WTF? Why? It’s simple. I feel that the best way to finance a nation is by spending just what you have and not taxing more to cover “new” expenses. If there is something that has to be done, figure out a way to move money around, or raise money through encouraging people to spend. During war times, in the past, obviously not now, when we went to war, the nation got behind the effort. Thousands if not millions of jobs were created to help the effort. Now, there are so many people against the war, rightly in many cases, that there isn’t any support for such job creation. These jobs then gave people the money they needed to spend on useless junk that they want, which in turn gives the government more sales taxes. This is how the government was supposed to run. Now I don’t believe that sending people a $600 check and expecting them to spend it when the economy is in the tank is dumb. People are going to put it in the bank or a shoebox. FDR ran the New Deal and created millions of jobs nationwide to fix the economy after the Great Depression. Trust me; there are more than a million things that need fixing nationwide. Get rid of Cal-Trans and their union that causes them to work ridiculously slow and put in a new group.
8. Unions don’t serve any purpose anymore. When I worked for Albertson’s all those years ago during the strike in 2003-2004 I remember reading the deal before and after the strike. They were nearly exactly the same. Sadly, I knew people who lost homes, cars, and marriages over the strike and the reported “deal” that everyone was going to get. They also want actors to get paid more. Are they serious??? Over the last decade the price of a movie ticket has doubled! It is no longer the cost effective date anymore. And they want more? For Transformers 2, Michael Bay was paid $150 million dollars, $150,000,000; more money than most anyone I know will ever see in their lifetime. They served their purpose a century ago when they reduced the work day to 8 hours from 12, and got minimum wages increased. However, their existence is what is causing there to be a need to increase wages at all. Construction unions get workers a higher wage for their work, as a result home prices go up, now a teacher can’t afford a home, so unions get teachers a higher wage, but health care prices are still too high because the nursing union just got their clients a better wage too, so the teachers need another raise or they’ll go on strike, now homes are being sold more frequently and the construction workers want their cut. Whole cycle starts all over again. Unions are ruining this nation. They also have nearly every lawmaker in this nation, in their pocket, insuring that they will be around for a very, very long time.
9. Lobbyists can go to hell; you’re causing more harm than the unions.
10. Ten just seemed like a round number. If you think of something else you’d like my opinion on let me know.