Politics of a Registered Democrat

I’m a registered Democrat.

I identify as a liberal. I’m pro-choice, anti-big government, pro sex education and education funding, pro individual and equal rights and civil liberties, pro environment, pro animal rights. I believe that the government should work for its people. I believe that the rich should not be allowed to get wealthier at the expense of the poor and working class.

I’m your basic peace-loving liberal I guess, and I try to practice what I preach. I buy locally and I buy organic as much as I can afford to. I don’t shop at big box companies like Wal-Mart because I abhor their labor practices and I’d rather support small businesses. I vote, even in the “boring” local elections, because it is those people who will work their way up and eventually be casting our electoral college votes in the bigger elections. I believe that the process does work, if we work it.

I don’t support pharmaceutical companies and I think that their practices are warping our perceptions of how our bodies should behave. I resent being told that I need to be medicated because I don’t think just like the status quo does. I think it’s sad that most of the people I know take upwards of 3-4 different medications every day just to “manage” their bodies… and not for things like heart catheter maintenance but for things like “restless legs,” and they believe that they need those drugs just to make it through the day.

I wouldn’t say that I’m anti-war across the board, because certainly there is a time and a place where war is justified, but I don’t support this ongoing war. On a similar note, I’m anti-violence, but not all violence necessarily… just unjust violence. There is a time and a place for that as well and I think a lot of this war could be avoided by allowing special forces to take care of the “really bad guys” without deploying our entire army and involving innocent civilians.

I waver on the death penalty, because I think that some crimes are horrific enough that when the perpetrator is clearly guilty and unrepentant (or even sometimes when they are repentant… but the crime was horrific enough) … that the death penalty is warranted. I stop short of the “eye for an eye” reasoning. I don’t think anything is black and white enough to be painted with a brush like that. I think that many criminals can be rehabilitated and think that work release is a far better option in many cases (and with certain parameters as to the severity of the crime).

I support the decriminalization of recreational drugs. I think there’s a fortune to be made in the legal sale and subsequent government taxing of marijuana. I’m a strong believer in the separation of church and state. I believe that we need universal health care. No one should have to suffer and/or die because they cannot afford health care.

As far as the army… I support the troops, because I appreciate that not all of the people in the military are gung-ho militant assholes. I happen to live in the middle of the Bible Belt and I am surrounded by people who epitomize the “gung-ho militant asshole” who can’t wait to go “shoot some towelheads.” It is these people who have often made me identify as “anti-military” and make the claim that I could never be with a guy who wanted to be a soldier. I can’t understand why anyone would want to be infantry but I know a lot of guys who couldn’t wait to graduate so they could sign up to be specifically that.

I don’t believe that the US needs to fix everyone else’s problems for them. I think that we have people here, in our cities and neighborhoods, who cannot afford a roof over their heads or food for their children… who are dying of terminal illness and suffering from debilitating mental illness… and those people, our people, should be a higher priority than we give them, as a country. Change begins at home.

I can’t believe that our government is considering authorizing the spending of $700 billion to bail out wealthy people who made irresponsible decisions in regards to their mortgage plans and financial portfolios. Our country is already in debt by trillions of dollar. I’d like to know where the buck stops, exactly, and where that bail out money is coming from, exactly. I can’t wrap my brain around this sort of government action, and I’m not sure I want to.

I’m sure there’s more… but that’s enough for the moment.

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